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Lucija Duda’s doctoral research project, A Call For An Analytic Feminist Model Of Argumentation, proposes how a long history of male dominance and antagonistic style of argument has led analytic philosophy to associate rationality with maleness and whiteness, excluding feminine, socially marginalised and diasporic phenomena.  

Lucija will analyse feminist argumentative speeches, such as those delivered by Sojourner Truth, Klara Zetkin, Betty Frieden, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Teller, Rosa Parks, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her aim is to develop an anti-essentialist line on the so-called feminine style of reasoning, as opposed to the traditional essentialist conception of the term, associating women’s reasoning mostly with emotion, subjectivity, irrationality and intuition. 

Dr Frederique Janssen-Lauret, Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Manchester, says:

“Lucija Duda’s proposed PhD is highly innovative and will make a positive difference both to forging links between analytic philosophy – especially logic- and the social sciences, and to combating male and white dominance within philosophy. Her background in linguistics, including formal and informal logic, and in women’s studies leaves her exceptionally well-placed to connect these matters to logic and philosophy of language. The many novel connections made within the research project and its ability to integrate different bodies of literature which are rarely brought into dialogue, offer an exciting opportunity for public discourse and will also contribute to interdisciplinary interaction between departments”.

Read more about Lucija Duda’s research project

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