SAAP Annual Meeting 2014

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A Deweyan Philosophy of Sexual Difference: A Reading of Experience and Nature Through the Lens of Sexual Difference

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Contra Butlerian gender theory, a Deweyan account of sexual difference takes the notion of sexual differentiation to have arisen naturally, though its meaning is not fixed. The fact that “sexual difference” became a thing in the first place entails that some organic behavior became a mode for transaction among humans and between humans and nature. However, even if sexual difference is a good concept—meaning that it helps us to explain things to ourselves and to guide action toward desired ends—how might we reconstruct its truth such that it has as beneficial an effect on our lives as possible? By thinking with Dewey on the matter of sexual difference, it becomes possible to ask these questions.

Author(s):

Katherine Logan    
University of Oregon
United States

 

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