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15-5-1999 9:00 AM

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17-5-1999 5:00 PM

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Traditionally, heated philosophical debates regarding the status of categories ("real definitions", "kinds") have turned on questions of "nominal" vs "real" existence, where the role and significance of rhetoric and politics is obscured. Feminists in the late 20th century acknowledge a variety of elements involved in the construction of categories such as "human," "nature," rhetoric and logic. I argue for a position which undercuts the traditional debates between nominalism and realism, and using "wo men" as a case study, demonstrate the intricacies of the relationship of logic and rhetoric in category construction.

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Gender and rhetoric in category construction

Traditionally, heated philosophical debates regarding the status of categories ("real definitions", "kinds") have turned on questions of "nominal" vs "real" existence, where the role and significance of rhetoric and politics is obscured. Feminists in the late 20th century acknowledge a variety of elements involved in the construction of categories such as "human," "nature," rhetoric and logic. I argue for a position which undercuts the traditional debates between nominalism and realism, and using "wo men" as a case study, demonstrate the intricacies of the relationship of logic and rhetoric in category construction.