2012 Uehiro Lectures
Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards (OUC Distinguished Research Fellow) is to deliver the 2012 Annual Uehiro Lecture Series in Michaelmas Term.
'Sex in a Shifting Landscape'
Venue: All three lectures will take place in the TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD
Dates and times:
Lecture 1: Wednesday 14 November, 5 – 7 pm (lecture notes and audio /video files here)
Lecture 2: Wednesday 21 November, 5 – 7 pm (lecture notes and audio /video files here)
Lecture 3: Wednesday 28 November, 5 – 7 pm (lecture notes and audio /video files here)
Abstract: After a hundred and fifty years of feminism, we are still struggling to achieve a satisfactory legal and social framework for managing the relations of the sexes. This is partly, of course, because so many men have been unwilling to give up their traditional privileges, and the original feminist project is still far from finished. But more fundamentally than that, we have no clear conception of what a fair arrangement would be. You can regard some kinds of inequality as definitely unjust while being in considerable doubt about others. And even if we ever thought we had reached an ideal solution, the endlessly shifting landscape of technological change would soon throw things into turmoil. Reproductive technology alone has already taken us far out of our moral depth.
Even if there could be no such thing as a definitive solution, however, a good deal can be said about particular aims and attitudes. There is still a great deal of confusion in public debate, in which many arguments depend on fallacies of equivocation or dubious, unrecognized presuppositions. By drawing on some elements of the original nineteenth-century debate, I hope to show how various present-day ideas and arguments can be rescued from some of this confusion, and cast light on such contested areas as sex equality, the natures of women and men, ideology, political correctness and the appropriate aims of feminism.
Further details: All welcome, no booking required. Places are limited to 140 and will be allocated on a 'first-come first-served' basis.