Phil226-Oppression-marginalization-TP1 - Phil 226 Teaching...

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Phil 226 Teaching Paper 1 – February 11, 2008 The Five Faces of Oppression by Iris Marion Young had some valuable points relating to oppression. According to, oppression is defined as, “the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.” I thought the article was insightful on some points; however, it does contain some language that can be difficult for non-scholarly types to understand and learn from, which in my opinion is a weakness of this type of philosophical writing. Of particular interest to me was the introduction section by Young where she said, “The conscious action of many individuals daily contribute to maintaining and reproducing oppression, but these people are usually simply doing their jobs or living their lives, not understanding themselves as agents of oppression.” My belief is that many people in the American culture in particular fall into this category and I think this issue needs more exploration if we are ever to become a society with less oppression. Awareness is essential in order for change to come about.
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