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Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and
Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to
coming to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, Haslanger
taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania,
Princeton University, and the University of California-Irvine.
Her book Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique
(Oxford 2012) received the Joseph B. Gittler Award for outstanding
scholarly work in the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences.
She has co-edited three volumes: Adoption Matters: Philosophical
and Feminist Essays, with Charlotte Witt, Theorizing Feminisms, with
Elizabeth Hackett, and Persistence, with Roxanne Marie Kurtz, and
authored numerous articles in metaphysics, epistemology, critical race
theory and feminist theory. Two of her papers have been selected for
the Philosopher’s Annual, which collects the ten best journal articles in
philosophy each year. In 2010, Haslanger was named the Distinguished
Woman Philosopher of the Year by the Society of Women in Philosophy.
In these Spinoza Lectures, collectively titled ‘Critical Theory and
Practice’, Sally Haslanger engages with the topic of critical theory and
ideology. In the first lecture, Haslanger addresses the ideologically
governed nature of social life. She discusses how ideology works
through social practices that engage, produce, and reproduce the
material world. The lecture examines ways in which ideology is
dependent on the objectivity and the materiality of the social world,
and the implications of this for social change. The second lecture starts
with the observation that our societies and practices are unjust and
the proper objects of moral scrutiny and moral criticism. However,
certain traditions of ideology critique resist normative, especially
moral, commitments. By examining the workings of race and gender
ideology, Haslanger challenges the critical tradition of relying
entirely on contradiction to ground immanent critique and explores
alternative contextualist and naturalist options for social critique.
Ideology and Materiality
The Critique of Ideology (not ‘Ideology Critique’!)
The Problem of Materiality
Responses to Prior Concerns
Spinoza Lecture II
Ideology and Morality
Where to Begin?
Moral Critique or Ideology Critique?
Ideology and Epistemic Critique
Ideology and Moral Critique