Sit and Listen: Three Upcoming Events

York Philosophy Talk

Philosophy, Adversarial Argumentation and Gender

10 September 14:30 – 16:30  Location S421 Ross Building,  Dept of Philosophy, York University

Phyllis Rooney, Oakland University

The adversarial style of argumentation regularly practiced in philosophy is sometimes noted as a factor contributing to the low numbers of women in philosophy (compared with other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences). I argue that there is a level of adversariality peculiar to philosophy that merits specific feminist examinat…ion beyond difference assertions to the effect that women are less comfortable with combative styles of argumentation. I maintain that even a minimal level of adversariality, as aligned with the argument-as-war metaphor, in particular, is not warranted, since this metaphor misconstrues the epistemic role of good argument as a tool of rational persuasion. The persistence of the adversary paradigm in philosophy (despite its limitations) must be examined in terms of its entanglement with the persisting narrative of embattled reason, a narrative that has been compelled, in no small part, by the sexism-informed narrative of the “man of reason” continually warding off or battling “feminine” aspects of unreason or irrationality– passion, instinct, distracting charms, body, or nature.

The Economics of Mothering Conference

Marilyn Waring and Martha Albertson Fineman

Two influential scholars of legal feminism are speaking at Toronto’s Ryerson University in October as part of the “Economics of Mothering” Conference.

Marilyn Waring, Auckland University of Technology, author of If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics – “The Human Rights and Unpaid Care Interface” will speak Friday, October 22, 2010: 8:00pm – TICKETS: $25
Martha Albertson Fineman, Emory University, author of The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency – “Motherhood and Entitlement will speak Thursday, October 21: 7:30pm
TICKETS: $35 (*this ticket price includes the reception/book launch preceding the keynote address – beginning at 5:15pm).
Tickets may be purchased online through website (paypal option): OR by mail with cheque payable to “MIRCI”.    Please see website for the full conference program, attendee registration form, and individual ticket sales for both keynotes:

My not so secret love, the Toronto Public Library!

Keeping the City Clean: Portuguese Women in Toronto’s Cleaning Industry

Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Branch

The speaker, Dr. Susana Miranda, is a freshly minted York History PhD.   Learn more about how this speaker series, History Matters, started by clicking here.  It looks great.  This particular talk intrigues me, but you know, if you prefer something more expensive and quite possibly much less interesting (although still interesting enough to warrant a mention, call it #3.5):

Tuesday, October 5, 2010   Cherie Blair

Human rights barrister Cherie Blair talks about her personal journey and how women will shape our future. 8:30 am. $75 (includes breakfast).  Reference Library, 789 Yonge,  Metro Reference Library (Yonge/Bloor), The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.