Wittgenstein and Feminism: Ordinary Language Philosophy’s Contribution to Feminist Theory and Practice

Published on 24 November par Institut du genre

Organized by Mickaëlle Provost (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France; Conference), Jasmin Trächtler (Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway; Conference, Workshops), Sandra Laugier (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France; Conference), and Carlota Salvador Megias (University of Bergen, Norway; Workshops

Wittgenstein’s philosophy has been a fruitful starting point for a number of developments within feminist thought. Attention to particulars, and an emphasis upon descriptions of ordinary language use, have led to new directions in moral philosophy, among them the ethics of care. Wittgenstein’s notions of “forms of life” and “language-games” have been used to reflect upon collective feminist practices, the social construction of subjectivities, and the very fabric of our lived experience. Finally, ordinary language philosophy — a philosophical movement inspired by the later Wittgenstein’s work — has given us the tools to attend to our linguistic practices with an eye to eradicating linguistic sexism, inclusive of inventing new ways of talking about and performing our selfhood. The utility of Wittgenstein’s work is thus twofold: It helps us, on the one hand, to clarify the particular epistemologies and philosophical methodologies employed by feminist theory; and, on the other, to better grasp political problems tied to our public discourses, discrete acts of speech, and the gendered aspects of our language. It accomplishes this in part by giving us the latitude to be more attentive to lived, embodied experiences of linguistic practice (ex., the tone of voice we use, the rhythm of our speech, our body language, etc.)

March 26th - 27th, 2021
Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne

Deadline for submissions : December 15, 2020

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