How might we gain insight into the construction of our social worlds? What are some tools for critiquing ideologies? Sally Haslanger will address these questions when she delivers the annual Ann Palmeri Lecture, “'But Mom, Crop-Tops are Cute!' and other Epistemic Challenges,” beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212.
Haslanger, a professor of philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and an affiliate faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, is primarily interested in metaphysics, epistemology, ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle) and feminist theory.
She has published on the problem of persistence through change, pragmatic paradox and Aristotle's theory of substance; in feminist theory she has written on objectivity and objectification and on the social construction of gender, race and family. She is also co-editor of three books: “Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays,” with Charlotte Witt (Cornell University Press, 2005); “Theorizing Feminisms,” with Elizabeth Hackett (Oxford University Press, 2005); and “Persistence,” with Roxanne Marie Kurtz (MIT Press 2006).
She also co-edits “Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy,” a Web publication with Robert Gooding-Williams, Ishani Maitra, Ronald Sundstrom and Cynthia Willett.
A member of the MIT faculty since 1998, she previously taught at the University of California-Irvine, Michigan, Penn and Princeton.
Her lecture, co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department, the Women's Studies Program and the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, is given in memory of Ann Palmeri, a feminist philosopher who taught at these Colleges in the late 1970s and early '80s.