Philosophy for Lunch: "Five Faces of Oppression"
“Five Faces of Oppression”
Description: Theories of oppression are most commonly articulated in terms of personal domination and restraint. Iris Marion Young counters this convention by arguing for an understanding of oppression as a structural and ontological concept, which is dependent on the creation of social group identities. In her landmark essay from 1990, Young connects five different discourses of oppressed peoples to offer a synthesized concept of oppression as a dimension of social ontology that is built into our everyday practices and forms of meaning. In this P4L, we will explore the ways in which oppression is enacted and sustained at an ontological level and we will consider ways in which Young’s theory could be updated for contemporary use and analysis. *Special Guest, Phillip Opsasnick, Stony Brook University. (Image: Clyfford Still)
Thursdays, 11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Schmitt Hall, Room 104
What is P4L?
Students and professors close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.
No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!
Should I bring anything?
Bring a beverage, and if you’re hungry, bring your actual lunch.