This article provides a critical survey of English-language feminist work in aesthetics since the early 1970s. The aim is to focus on those areas of feminist inquiry that have most significantly affected philosophical aesthetics in the analytic tradition. Feminist aesthetics starts from the assumption that the historical domain of art and the aesthetic is itself patriarchal. At one level, it simply extends the analysis of patriarchy to the practices of art institutions, in particular to the treatment of women in and by these institutions (e.g. demotions in the status of female-authored artworks previously believed to be the work of male artists).
Amy G. Mazur
This article explores how feminist comparative policy (FCP) takes an empirical and integrative approach to feminist analysis. Gender work in American politics is perhaps the most empirical and the least integrative with other areas of feminist analysis. The Research Network on Gender Politics and the State (RNGS) case illustrates that the persistence of the glass wall is a result of a complex combination of factors: shared scholarly agendas, androcentrism, publication strategies, and timing. As the case of FCP, and more specifically the RNGS project, demonstrate, breaking down the persistent barriers between feminist and nonfeminist research is a slow process, one that takes considerable resources on the part of feminist scholars, the presence of male allies on the nonfeminist side who see the importance of gender research, and also the persistence and power of female feminist scholars to pursue the integrative agenda in nonfeminist publication and scholarly outlets.
This article examines feminist approaches to the philosophy of education. It suggests that the philosophy of education should be an ideal domain for the analysis and application of feminist philosophy. It discusses John Dewey's opinion that there is a sense in which philosophy is the philosophy of education and that our schools should be mini-societies that reflect our best conception of what our larger society should be. It highlights the efforts of feminists to upgrade first generation ideas on liberal feminism.
This article focuses on Nietzsche’s views about women. It describes the emergence of Nietzsche’s antifeminism and misogyny in 1883 with Thus Spoke Zarathustra; before this Nietzsche was a ‘cautious feminist’. His attitudes changed following his disastrous experience with Lou Salomé; it was this biographical event, and not his philosophical thinking, that explains his ‘turn’ against women. The article also considers why Nietzsche’s women friends and other feminists often found his writings congenial despite his misogynistic remarks.
This article presents a feminist analysis of the concept of self. It discusses the issues of the subjectivity of the self and the instituted social imaginary and suggests that the ideas of positioning of being positioned within power structures have implications for epistemological, moral, and political philosophies. It explains that in order to view real selves, one needs to understand their particular positions and how they are thrown together into the complex, rich, and challenging world.