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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Update2: The explanatory gap

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Studies on consciousness focuses mainly on three things: WHAT is/are the nature/features of consciousness, HOW does consciousness come to exist, and WHY it is this way (roles in evolution). Discussions on consciousness also usually refer to the “explanatory gap” between some aspect of our conscious mental life and objective physical explanation of that aspect. It seems that whatever physical account of a subjective conscious experience we might imagine will leave it completely puzzling why there should be such a connection between the objective physical story and the subjective conscious experience (Nagel 1974).

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Update1: The problem of consciousness

Sorry for this late update of my research…. Went back to China and not really convenient to get on school’s website for updates. But I’ve done a bunch of research during the past two months and in the next couple of days I will introduce   the current popular theories of consciousness in philosophy and neuroscience.

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Abstract of Summer Research–A Philosophical Investigation of Metaphysics of Space and Time

I am Yonghao Wang, a sophomore, and I go by Abe. I came from China to study philosophy and Linguistics here. My summer research will be on the Metaphysics of Space and Time.

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