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Date(s) - December 1, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Canvas Stadium




Please join us for this year’s Bodaken Philosophy Symposium on December 1 at 4 pm in the Canvas Stadium Lecture Hall, room 1205.  This year’s guest lecturer is Ásta, an Icelandic philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Ásta is the author of Categories We Live By (2018) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy (2021). Her research focuses on the way in which human thought and practices contribute to the nature of reality.

What Are Sex and Gender and What Do We Want Them to Be?

We are living in times where there is considerable debate over what sex and gender are and who gets to be of what sex and what gender. These are questions that impact people’s lives greatly, some more than others. They are metaphysical questions but they also concern what principles we should be guided by when allocating resources, services, and protections to people with potentially different needs. I present a conception of sex and gender and their relation and suggest a certain approach to navigating some of these thorny issues. I call that approach “ontic descent.”