13th February 2009—SWIP UK/International Association of Women in Philosophy (IAPh) Joint Conference

Venue: Women’s Library, London, Friday 13 February 2009, 10:00am to 6:15pm
Nearest tube: Aldgate East—take the Toynbee Hall exit

Feminist Philosophy Made Simple

Society for Women in Philosophy UK; International Association of Women Philosophers

SWIP UK, in association with the IAPh, invites women to a one-day conference on 13 February 2009 at the Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 (directions).

Feminism claims women are oppressed, and aims to free them. Like any liberation movement, feminism is dogged by propaganda. But anti-feminist propaganda has been astonishingly effective. Despite clear, serious, persistent harms to women, and centuries of work by feminists, most people today will say “I’m not a feminist” or “feminism goes too far”.

At this conference we will use philosophy to affirm the unity and simplicity of feminism. This simplicity is captured well in Simone de Beauvoir’s phrase “absolute feminism”, which also points to necessity. The liberation of women is necessary, not something a just society can do without.

Please register by emailing your name with “SWIP 13/2/09” as the subject header to .

Programme: 13th Feburary 2009

The organisers would be grateful if those who intend to come could by 6 February.

Fees (Payable on the Day)

Standard: £30.00; Concessions: (students, unwaged): £10.00. The fee includes coffee and tea. Anyone who will have difficulty paying these fees should .

For further information and updates see SWIP UK website & the IAPh website.

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