Against Abolition


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Matthew J. Cull
University of Sheffield
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Analytic metaphysics of gender has taken an ameliorative turn towards ethical and political questions regarding what our concept of gender ought to be, and how gendered society should be structured. Abolitionism about gender, which claims that we ought to mandate gender out of existence, has therefore seen renewed interest. I consider three arguments for abolitionism from radically different perspectives: Haslanger’s simple argument, Escalante’s Gender Nihilism, and Okin’s argument from ideal theory. I argue that none of the above manage to establish the desirability of abolitionism and that we should be wary of the abolitionist position, as it imperils trans lives.
Keywords Feminist Philosophy  Political Philosophy  Utopia  Philosophy of Gender  Abolitionism  Gender Nihilism  Transgender  Eliminativism
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