Epistemology and feminist philosophy (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Antonietta De Vita
Antonietta De Vita
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 1. Experience, understand and interpret educational situations from a gender perspective, particularly as regards the signifiers: “difference” and “differences”. 2. Be familiar with the principal theories underpinning the feminist cause and the field of gender studies, and the core themes in the area of gender education. 3. Explore the application of the acquired learning in real education/pedagogical projects in different contexts. Applying knowledge and understanding 1. Explore the application of the acquired learning in real education/pedagogical projects. 2. Apply the different educational requirements and situations through the different theoretical perspectives. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of how the question of gender pertains to different education/pedagogical objectives.


The course aims to address the main contributions of women's paths and the elaborations of feminisms in the construction of knowledge and in particular of pedagogical knowledge.
The educational practice, although it is a traditionally feminized and feminized territory, requires a continuous reworking of the epistemological premises on which it is based. In fact, cultural, linguistic and symbolic systems are still affected by their historical construction marked by a neutral-masculine universal.
In the last fifty years an intense work inaugurated by feminist movements from various parts of the world has tried to reveal this false neutrality and to overcome ancient dichotomies such as nature / culture, public / private, production / reproduction, reason / emotion, objective / subjective. In this perspective, a lot of knowledge and a symbolic capable of expressing the female difference and the differences brought by all subjectivities, beyond discrimination, have been created as the ability to bring out self-determination and knowledge freer from sexism.
The aim of the course is to increase pedagogical skills in relation to the following topics:
Feminist epistemologies: the main theoretical contributions
Naming the world in the feminine: self-awareness and starting from oneself
Language is never neutral: knowledge and language are sexed
Gender education: between stereotypes and free subjectivity
Pedagogical knowledge and female knowledge
The paths of the male in education
The dark side of female relationships: bullying between girls
Feminist dystopias and utopias: conflict between the sexes and civilization of relationships.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Burgio Giuseppe (cur.) Comprendere il bullismo femminile Franco Angeli 2018
Irene Biemmi Educazione sessista. Stereotipi di genere nei libri delle elementari Rosenberg&Sellier 2017
Adriana Cavarero, Franco Restaino Le filosofie femministe Bruno Mondadori 2002
Maria Luisa Boccia Le parole e i corpi. Scritti femministi Ediesse 2018
Carla Lonzi Sputiamo su Hegel e altri scritti Scritti di Rivolta Femminile 1974

Assessment methods and criteria

For attending students the exam consists of an intermediate exercise and a written essay with oral presentation at the end of the course.
For non-attending students the exam is on the books in the bibliography.