Policy interventions aimed at eroding the gendered division of labor
face a daunting justificatory burden within political liberalism, which
imposes demanding criteria for political interventions into the life of
Some theorists have argued that, despite appearances to
the contrary, political liberalism can approve political interventions
towards gender equality. One recent argument claims political
liberalism—and in particular it’s commitment to the realization of
citizenship—imposes substantive feminist requirements on the just
liberal state and requires certain exercises of political power targeted
at changing families.
Gina Schouten will argue that this strategy is inadequate, and
propose what she takes to be a more promising way forward.
A Roger W. Holmes Lecture.
Presented by the Mount Holyoke Department of Philosophy.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm