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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

PHIL-P 103: Gender, Sexuality and Race
Professor Kate Ambramson*
Section 30517 MW 1:00-2:15pm SY 022


Gender, sexuality, and race are vitally important, yet extremely complicated, aspects of our everyday lives. We tend to assume that these categories mark crucial differences among us. Consider for instance, how common it is to say, "I just met this guy who..." Why should it be that even in such casual contexts, one of the first things we mention about someone is their gender? These categories also almost always mark very deep aspects of our self-conception. Think about what it would be like to wake up tomorrow a different gender, sexual orientation, or race - or all three! We also very often assume that differences across these categories are obstacles to understanding. People say things like "you wouldn't get; you're a guy". And yet these are also some of the differences across which we most need to understand one another.

What lies behind these assumptions? When are they appropriate assumptions to make, and when are they not? Why? To answer those questions, we need to bring the tools of philosophy to understanding these three central dimensions of our 21st century lives. Gen Ed Arts and Humanities, Themester.

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