The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender

In Charlotte Witt (ed.), Feminist Metaphysics. Springer. pp. 47--65 (2011)
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In this chapter I offer an interpretation of Judith Butler’s metaphysics of sex and gender and situate it in the ontological landscape alongside what has long been the received view of sex and gender in the English speaking world, which owes its inspiration to the works of Simone de Beauvoir. I then offer a critique of Butler’s view, as interpreted, and subsequently an original account of sex and gender, according to which both are constructed—or conferred, as I would put it— albeit in different ways and subject to different constraints.

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