This week we sat down with Professor Elizabeth Barnes of the Corcoran Department of Philosophy. Professor Barnes works on metaphysics, social philosophy, and feminist philosophy, and is particularly interested in the areas where these subjects interact. She recently wrote a book on disability called The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability, and is the editor of Philosophy Compass, an online journal of research from across the entire discipline. In the fall semesters she typically leads a 3000-level seminar on the Philosophy of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender, and in the spring semesters she leads another 3000-level seminar on Feminist Philosophy.
Some of the questions covered in this episode include:
- How would you describe the project of philosophy? In other words, what is philosophy?
- What is the relationship between philosophy and legality?
- How can we use philosophy to navigate through complex social issues such as sexual consent and racialized sexual preferences?
- What is the “Mere Preferences Argument” for racialized sexual preferences*, and why do some philosophers find this argument problematic?
And many more!
Thank you again Professor Barnes!
*Here is the full article by Robin Zheng referenced in the episode: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b7b55f_e8fdabf9c90c43afa8ff93a1d220940b.pdf