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Why Philosophy Here & Now? Critical & Transformative Challenges. April 14, 2016

Why Philosophy Here and Now?
Critical and Transformative Challenges to a Conservative Discipline— Decolonial, Feminist, and Critical Race Perspectives

Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

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Academic philosophy has been the home of the allegedly generic rational European man, with epistemology at the center of that home. Join in a conversation with two epistemologists who are committed to remaking “the master’s tools,” not only to “dismantle the master’s house,” but to join in efforts—“across and beyond the boundaries of the university”—to build new habitations.

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Kristie Dotson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Having received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis, she also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.

Naomi Scheman is Professor of Philosophy and Gender Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a guest researcher at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies in Sweden. She received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from Harvard University. Her research interests include politics of epistemology, feminist theory, and trustworthiness and community engagement.

Cosponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and African American and African Studies, the Women’s Center of the Office for Equity and Diversity. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS ( 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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