Gender, Race, and Philosophy

Gender,Race, and Philosophy

Gender,Race, and Philosophy

Peoplefrom different societies have different view towards women and peopleof the same colour (Atherton,2004).Recently, these groups of people have been given a platform todiscuss their issues, air their grievances, as well as participate inthe philosophical discourse. As a result, women and race groups comeup with diverse unique ideas to cope up with life. Most societieshave different value of philosophies concerning women and people ofdifferent culture and race.

Feministtheorists have tried to come up with different meaning between genderand sex. They urge that sex is the biological factors thatdistinguish males and females. On the other hand, gender is what thesociety defines as sexual differences such as different roles,traits, and norms of males and females. Earlier, women were dominantcandidates in the society. They voices were not important and men didnot care or consider their ideas. Currently, women have differentposition in the society. Their emergence of “other voices” haschanged their focus on the philosophical discourse. The currentfeminist philosophers criticize historical exclusion of women and thenegative characterization of women in the philosophical tradition(James,2010).They argue that historical record is incomplete and bias withoutwomen philosophers. In the traditional societies, women role in thesociety were to give birth and take care of their husbands andchildren. Nowadays, women have greater role in the society. They canalso work just as men do. Solomon and Higgins(2013),urges that women should also gain education, as well as gain accessto universal faculties in advanced sciences, philosophy, amongothers.

Thecanonical philosophers are example of female philosophers who havegreatly contributed to the western societies. They have used highlyunconventional methods to uncover the feminine and sexual differences(Tougasand Ebenreck, 2000).For instance, some of them use humour and parody to point outinstabilities in the philosophical texts rather than usingstraightforward exegesis.


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Solomon,R. C., &amp Higgins, K. M. (2013).&nbspThebig questions: A short introduction to philosophy.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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