The Philosophy Department, Political Science Department and Women's Studies Program will host a colloquium from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, in room 142 in Adorjan Hall. Charlotte Witt, Ph.D., of the University of New Hampshire, will present "The Metaphysics of Gender: Thinking More About Essentialism."
After the talk there will be a informal reception at Six Row Brewing Company, 3690 Forest Park Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend both the lecture and the reception afterward.
About the talk:
In The Metaphysics of Gender, Witt argues for the claim: Gender is uniessential to social individuals. When she talks about the book she will often spend most of the time introducing the concepts that she used in framing the argument. One key conceptual distinction Witt draws is between essentialism as a theory about kind membership and essentialism as a theory about how individuals are unified. In this paper she will work backwards, beginning with the argument for gender essentialism and introducing concepts and distinctions as they are needed to make the argument intelligible. Witt's argument is intended to establish that gender is uniessential to all, not that it is a Kripkean individuating essence or a Lockean kind essence.