Abstract: Feminist Philosophy

In Bodies That Matter and Gender Trouble, feminist philosopher Judith Butler argues for the existence of a fundamental metaphysical category: gender. Although scholars agree upon the opaqueness of Butler’s writing, some, including Ásta, have merely scratched the surface of true clarity with an analogy of Butler’s metaphysics to a Kantian framework. Through an expansion of Ásta’s analogy, this research will consist of an analysis of Butler’s metaphysics on sex and gender through interpretive and critical lenses. The project will be guided by the question: How do we best understand Judith Butler’s metaphysics of sex and gender? Butler’s arguments undeniably revolutionized feminist philosophy. Improved comprehension of Butler’s opaque work will provide new, compelling insight into the metaphysics of sex and gender.

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