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Disrupting Ideology: Social Meaning and Social Movements

Disrupting Ideology: Social Meaning and Social Movements
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Nov 17th, 3:00 pm End: Nov 17th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Sexual Diversity, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Sally Haslanger (MIT)

The Department of Philosophy presents World Philosophy Day

Disrupting Ideology: Social Meaning and Social Movements

Prof. Sally Haslanger (MIT)

Racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice are more than just bad attitudes; after all, such injustice also involves unfair distributions of goods and resources. But attitudes play a role. How central is that role? The cognitivist argues that racism is an ideology that consists in false beliefs that arise out of and serve pernicious social conditions. In this lecture Haslanger agrees that racism is an ideology, but in her view, ideology is deeply rooted in social practices. Social practices are patterns of interaction that distribute things of value, guided by cultural meanings. Unjust practices rely on social meanings that are internalized as habits of mind that distort, obscure, and occlude important facts and result in a failure to recognize the interests of subordinated groups. How do we disrupt such practices to achieve greater justice? Haslanger argues that this is sometimes, but not always, best achieved by argument or challenging false beliefs, so social movements legitimately seek other means.

The lecture will take place from 3:15-5:00 in room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building, followed by a short reception.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at 416-978-3311.


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