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The Metaphysics of Gender

Charlotte Witt


This book is about gender essentialism: what it is and why it might be true. It opens with the question: What is gender essentialism? After distinguishing between essentialism about gender viewed as a kind and essentialism about gender in relation to individuals and their lived experiences, successive chapters introduce the ingredients for a theory of gender essentialism about individuals, called uniessentialism. Gender uniessentialism claims that a social individual's gender is uniessential to that individual. It is modeled on Aristotle's essentialism in which the form or essence of an indivi ... More

Keywords: gender essentialism, lived experience, uniessentialism, Aristotle, artefact, social individuals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Witt, author
University of New Hampshire