[SydPhil] Notification: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) @ Wed 3 Oct 2018 13:00 - 14:30 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)
Socializing the Individual: Relating Poulain de la Barre to Descartes

It is clear that François Poulain de la Barre adopts Cartesian philosophy  
to defend the equality of the sexes and develop mechanisms to achieve that  
equality. My aim in this paper is to examine just how Poulain leverages  
Cartesian philosophy, as well as how he develops it. I will be focused on  
the first of his three essays On the Equality of the Two Sexes, and argue  
that even while he accepts an aspect of Cartesian individualism about  
thinking things, he uses basic premises of Cartesian epistemology skeptical  
method, and a causal principle – to resituate those individuals in a social  
context. I conclude by suggesting that this socialization of Cartesian  
individuals ultimately has implications for the Cartesian account of a  
thinking thing, which are developed more clearly in On the Education of  

When: Wed 3 Oct 2018 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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