Feminist Philosophies: an introductory guide

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


“Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.” Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 

Feminism has long contributed to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. From Mary Wollstonecraft’s rallying cry for equal rights to Simone de Beauvoir’s interrogation of what the category ‘woman’ means in the modern world. 

Join this course to learn how feminist thought can inform major philosophical questions. It will introduce you to some of the key debates in feminist philosophy, ranging from metaphysics (the nature of reality and being), philosophy of language (why it matters, what it impacts) and epistemology (ways of knowing). Drawing on a range of feminist texts and ideas, this course is an ideal starting point for those interested in feminist thought - especially those considering these ideas in other disciplines such as art, history, literature and many other subjects. 

Over a series of talks and selected readings, our expert tutor will explain: 

  • the key debates in feminist philosophy  
  • how to engage with key feminist texts and ideas 
  • the significance of feminism for various philosophical debates 

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • The basic philosophical problems and arguments concerning feminism 
  • How to share your thinking in discussion and learn from others 

Who is this course for?

Anyone curious about finding deeper meaning in life and working out new ways to think, particularly those with an interest in feminism 


If taken for assessment, 10 credits 


500 word / 5 mins presentation or written commentary (25%). 

1,500 word essay (75%) 

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. 

Course materials will be provided online 


  • Start or develop your journey as a philosopher 
  • Can begin your study of philosophy at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 
  • can inform your personal reading list and introduce you to some informative ideas to make sense of life 

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