The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Anthony Vincent Fernandez (Kent State University) will give a talk titled “Metaphysics and Method in Feminist Phenomenology” on Friday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Science Building, room 209.
Phenomenologists study the universal structure
of human experience, answering questions such as, “How do emotions shape the
meaning and value of my environment?” and “How do I distinguish living subjects
from inanimate objects?” Some contemporary philosophers—including feminist
philosophers—have argued that phenomenology’s focus on the universal structure
of experience bars it from saying anything about human particularity, such as
racial identity and gender difference. Some feminist phenomenologists have,
however, come to phenomenology’s defense, proposing phenomenological approaches
capable of investigating both human universality and particularity.
paper, I consider one of the most promising approaches: Linda Fisher’s
“generic” approach to human experience. I suggest that this approach lends
itself to two possible interpretations, which I’ll call the “exemplar” and the
“schematic” approaches. And I argue that the “schematic” approach provides the
strongest foundation for phenomenological studies of race and gender.