Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Women Philosophers

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Ms. Gayatri Mendanha Elective 4 None Any

 Brief Overview 

The mind of a woman, her experience of her own embodiment, her voice as heard in her time and questions that remain unanswered are what this course aims to present. It is not a feminist denouncement of the patriarchal male, nor is it a battle of the sexes. It is a journey – a journey into the female experience, a search for identity and desire for self-expression. The course is entitled Women Philosophers because it also explores ideas put forth by philosophers who happen to be women. It looks at moral prejudices, the sovereignty of good and an ethics of care (that changes the moral question from "what is just?" to "how to respond?"). It brings to the fore ideas, thoughts and dreams on freedom, individuality and cultural politics. In dialogue with minds that intrigue and challenge us, we find our own truths, our own identity and our own voice.


  Course Objectives 

  •  To give students novel perspectives on identity, language and ethics from the viewpoint of women philosophers.
  •  To introduce students to the dynamics involved in being a woman philosopher.
  •  To instil interest and facilitate discussions on a variety of ideas presented.

At the end of the course the students are expected to:

  •  Be familiar with the core ideas of prominent women philosophers.
  • Get greater clarity on one’s own identity while respecting the identity of the other.


 Teaching Methodology 

The course is conducted mostly through interaction based lecture method, with regular class leads by the students. The students will also write term papers, film reviews and present posters and other art work. 


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!