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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL100Y1
Professor
Peter King
Semester
Fall

Description
03122010FEMINISTLEGALTHEORY03122010SelfdefensesufferingfrombatteredwomansyndromewhichledhertointerpretherhusbandsconductdifferentlythananoutsiderwouldNeutralityaviewfromnowhereisimpossibleImpartialityispossibleitistobethatyoutryasfaraspossibletoseethingsfromanotherpersonsperspectiveMcLachlinLHeureuxDubeYouhavetouseyourknowledgeoftheworldTrytomakeyourselfawareofthecontextualdetailspossibleWemightnotbeabletoachievethisRequiresaccurateknowledgeTurnintoacontestofwhocanpresenttheircasemorevividlyAppropriationandmisrepresentationWecantspeakforthemPerpetuatingstereotypesFusionofHorizonsCharlesTaylorYoucanneverfullyescapeyourbiasesbutyoutrytounderstandfromanotherspovJustbecauseyourejecttheideaofneutralitydoesnotmeanyouhavetorejectimpartialityCoherentaspirationMostfeministswouldagreethatneutralityisimpossibletoachieveitsakindofobjectivitythatyouwouldretainbyremovingyourselffromeveryonesperspectiveLookingdownontheworldyoudonthaveanybiasesAnyattempttoseekanotherperspectiveisimpossibleThealternativeidealisimpartialityWecandistinguishitfromneutralitybecausetoaimforitisnottoabstractformaperspectivebutitistooenrichyourperspectivewithothersYoucantdenyyourowncommitmentsandbiasesNonethelessyoutrytoputyourselfinothersshoesaspossibleasitisCatherineMacKinnonTheLiberalStateLawisntjustamirrorinwhichwecanseesocietyasitalreadywaspriortooperationsoflawLegalconceptsareactuallyhelpingtoconstituteandstructurecertainpowerrelationsintheinterestofmenbylegitimatingsomeinequalitiesbymakingtheminvisibleTheDilemmaofFeministTheoryFeministtheoryhashadaproblemithasoscillatedbetweenTheliberaltheoryofthestatesupposesthatthestateisneutralarbitratorinconflictinginterestThatitisntpredisposedtoparticularoutcomesItmaybethecasethatsomejudgestwistthelawbutthatsbecauseofthemisuseoflawnotthelawitselfDworkinclearlysupportsthebettermentofwomenbutthisinvolvesextendinglawstowomenandothergroupsThisisntadequatebecauseitgivesusnocritiqueofthelegalright
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