Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: The Question of Personal Identity
James (Susan)
Source: Fricker & Hornsby - The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy
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  1. This article focuses on the work of those theorists of personal identity who assume a division between mind and body, and on the thought experiments1 they employ, in the light of the fact that the mind/body opposition carries connotations of gender.
  2. It shows that some standard types of thought experiment2 implicitly present bodily3 traits as marginal to character, to the operation of memory and to other familiar aspects of the self.
  3. It argues that theories which rely on such thought experiments4 unselfconsciously articulate a masculine conception of personal identity.

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