[SydPhil] Transnational Feminisms and Individualism - A/Prof Serene Khader

Nikolas Kompridis Nikolas.Kompridis at acu.edu.au
Mon Aug 22 09:01:35 AEST 2016

Transnational Feminisms and Individualism

A/Prof Serene Khader

August 25, 2016

Council Room, Level 11 Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney



In this talk I demonstrate a need to distinguish three forms of individualism that transnational feminists have seen as complicit in imperialism.
The first is a particular social ontology that paints human beings as discrete individuals whose needs can be fulfilled without attention to their
social situatedness. The second is a normative position according to which human lives go better when individuals decrease their attachment
to relationships and communal norms. The third is a normative position according to which the individual human being is an inviolable locus
of worth. I contend that, though feminism does not require the first two forms of individualism, it does require universalistic commitment to
a variant of the third.

Serene Khader is a moral and political philosopher working primarily on feminist issues in global justice.
Khader is the author of Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment (Oxford University Press, 2011)
and is at work on a book on transnational feminist solidarity. She holds the Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy
of Culture in the Philosophy Department at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

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