2018 Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Linda Zerilli, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College
"Feminist Critique and the Realistic Spirit"
Contemporary debates over the future of critique within contemporary critical theory perpetuate a reliance on the philosophical tradition, with its disdain for the contingent and indifference to local audiences. A realistic (as opposed to a philosophically realist or antirealist) feminist critique would be rooted in ordinary first-order practices such as politics. It would question received notions of the relationship between theory and practice. Theory should not be understood as epistemological second-order enterprise whose task is to justify the basis of critique. Instead, theory should be conceived, with the rhetorical tradition, as a world-creating, first-order practice that generates figures of the newly thinkable and objects of common concern.
Free and open to the public.