The lecture engages with the reason-emotion binary in the Western tradition and problematizes such a dualistic conception through feminist theory. The reason-emotion binary is a tool that was historically used to construct and conserve social hierarchies and ensure unequal treatment of legal subjects.
Reason-emotion Binary and the Law (1)
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How did the reason-emotion binary influence the legal status of women and people of color in Western history?
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What are emotions?
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Binary definitions (definitions involving opposites, like reason and emotion) are often criticized by critical theories. Why is deconstruction suspicious of binary definitions?
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Reason-emotion Binary and the Law (2)
How was the reason-emotion binary used to restrict the legal rights of various social groups (like women, people of color, and others)?
Is feminist theory homogenous?
Why do feminist thinkers often critique the reason-emotion binary?