Politics Jan 29 - th century(emphasize the universal...

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Politics Jan 29, 2008 Lecture: Do we bare moral responsibility for the social structures that shape our lives? A) Rawls says yes we do. The more we develop the idea of political agency the more we try to take responsibility over the institutions that govern us. So we’re shaped by our institutions but we shape them in the end. Rawls B) D How much does human nature impose constraints on how we can change our social institutions? War and aggressions has always been in human history so can we overcome it or are we just programmed that way? Ghandi said we can overcome it Is biology destiny? Does gender matter? Plato says no. Female and male nature are not different. Socrates says the only difference is that the woman bears Sexual dimorphism - tendency to divide the human species into male and female with no alternative - Why? 1 st wave feminism 18-19
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Unformatted text preview: th century (emphasize the universal equality of men and women) Mills’ called it moral progress. Rawls’ said it was the elimination of arbitrary distinctions from a moral view.-Mary Wollstonecraft-Harriet Taylor-Elizabeth Cady Stanton-Susan B. Anthony 2 nd wave feminism (post getting the vote) 1960s and 1970s (began to challenge the public private distinction that was left firmly in place by first wave. The Personal is Political.)-Betty Friedan-Gloria Steinem 3 rd wave feminism (insists that women should have as much rights as men) Bell Hooks. Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzalduas-post structuralism (binary distinctions between the sexes – Judith Butler etc. Challenging hetero-sexism. Critique of class and racial structure)-Post colonialism as a criticque of racial structures of society...
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