PHIL 186

This course addresses underlying philosophical assumptions in the arts and sciences from the perspective of feminist theories and approaches. Through readings of texts by contemporary feminist philosophers, examinations of scientific and artistic practices, including scientific case studies and artworks from the Harvard Art Museums, we will address the central issues raised by feminist epistemology, philosophy of science, and aesthetics. These issues include: systematic gender bias, situatedness, standpoint theories, objectivity, neutrality and impartiality (or lack thereof), epistemic and non-epistemic values in the sciences; conceptions of art versus crafts, the canon, genius, autonomy, beauty, sublime, the body and gaze in the arts. We will also participate in the yearly Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon where we will contribute in shaping public discourse on feminism and arts.