Feminism, Ideology, and Deconstruction: A Pragmatist View

This will be the reading for Saturday, May 2’s meeting.  We will meet at 4:30 here.

For our introduction, we will use Richard Rorty’s own abstract:

Neither philosophy in general, nor deconstruction in particular, should be thought of as a pioneering, path-breaking, tool for feminist politics. Recent philosophy, including Derrida’s, helps us see practices and ideas (including patriarchal practices and ideas) as neither natural nor inevitable — but that is all it does. When philosophy has finished showing that everything is a social construct, it does not help us decide which social constructs to retain and which to replace.

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