Project #27039 - Philosophy discussion board

Brief discussion board posting regarding:

The second half of the 20th century brought major changes into the lives of women and people of color. The Civil Rights and social movements in countries like India, the United States, and South Africa, along with feminism in various parts of the world, gave a voice to these groups and allowed their philosophers to participate in the main philosophical discourse of the time. Even this short history of philosophy of women and people of various cultures and races produced a diversity of new ideas unique to their struggles and issues of existence. You have already considered and discussed the possible differences in ethics and moral values among men and women. In this Discussion assignment you will reflect on the "other voices" of philosophy.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review pp. 331–362 in your course text The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy on the issues of race and gender in philosophy.
  • Consider how cultures that produced the dominant philosophical ideas in the past have viewed the roles of women and of the various racial and ethnic groups in their society.
  • Reflect on what you most closely identify with—your nationality, your social class, your sex, your family, your race, your religion, or something else.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a response in which you assess the value of the philosophies of women and people of various cultures and races in the context of dominant philosophical theories. Consider whether the emergence of these "other voices" changed the focus of the main philosophical discourse. Why or why not? Give examples of the philosophical contributions of a female philosopher and a philosopher from a non-Western culture that you have found particularly unique and important.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week's Learning Resources or to something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/09/2014 12:00 am
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