Emailing Ásta

Today, I emailed Ásta. She wrote “The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender,” which is one of the main focuses of my work this summer. My advisor, Dr. Griffith, recommended that I reach out to her. In my email, I thanked Ásta and asked for any advice she may have. I let her know my article’s title, “A Case for Intersectional Feminist Metaphysics: What We Can Learn from Judith Butler and Immanuel Kant,” and let her know that I plan to send her the final draft. 

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Women/Womxn/Womyn/Wimmin/Wommin

In the course of my research on gender and sex, I have run into heated arguments about not only the use of pronouns but also gendered nouns (i.e. woman, man)– as expected.

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Updates

Over the past week, I condensed my notes from Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter. Then, I extracted the quotes necessary to help with my description of her metaphysical framework.

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A Continued Discussion

In the past week, I have focused on Ásta’s article, “The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender.” Specifically, my goal has been to write a sympathetic summary of her interpretation. With this established, I will have a grounding for later criticizing and building upon her work.

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Some Thoughts on Feminist Metaphysics

I developed an interest in how gender applied to Immanuel Kant’s metaphysics while reading the Critique of Pure Reason as part of one of my spring 2019 courses, Kant and His Successors, in the Philosophy Department. With these concerns, I began a conversation with my instructor, Professor Aaron Griffith, and was referred to a piece by Ásta. In her article, Ásta writes about Judith Butler, a leading feminist philosopher, who proposed a metaphysical theory on gender. Upon reading the article, I felt the work was incomplete. Ásta set the stage for formally applying Butler’s views in a Kantian framework, yet gaps remained. In conversations with Professor Griffith, we agreed upon the promising claims in Ásta’s interpretation and that they required further development. 

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