David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Res Publica 12 (2):137-162 (2006)
In a context in which there is manifest multiplicity in women’s daily lives, feminists have struggled to identify what it uniquely means to be a woman, without falling prey to charges of essentialism. Conscious, however, of the role which collective gender identity plays in providing coherence and motivation to feminist activity, a number of theorists have sought to find a way to retain group cohesion in the face of internal diversity. In this article, the merits and demerits of pre-existing attempts in this regard will be discussed. Having done so, an alternative approach, which builds on Wittgenstein’s concept of ‘family resemblances’, will be put forward and defended.
|Keywords||difference essentialism feminism identity Wittgenstein|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
María Martínez González (2008). Feminist Praxis Challenges the Identity Question: Toward New Collective Identity Metaphors. Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 22-38.
Leslie J. Miller & Jana Metcalfe (1998). Strategically Speaking: The Problem of Essentializing Terms in Feminist Theory and Feminist Organizational Talk. [REVIEW] Human Studies 21 (3):235-257.
Ben Golder, Rethinking the Subject of Postmodern Feminist Legal Theory: Towards a Feminist Foucaultian Jurisprudence.
Karen H. Rothenberg (1996). Feminism, Law, and Bioethics. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 6 (1):69-84.
Lois McNay (2000). Gender and Agency: Reconfiguring the Subject in Feminist and Social Theory. Blackwell Publishers.
Ben Tilghman (2008). Kaufman on Art, Family Resemblances, and Wittgenstein. British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (1):86-88.
Heather J. Gert (1995). Family Resemblances and Criteria. Synthese 105 (2):177-190.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #140,553 of 1,096,600 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #50,170 of 1,096,600 )
How can I increase my downloads?