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Title: 'Woman' as a politically significant term: A solution to the puzzle
Author: Díaz León, Encarnación
Keywords: Significació (Filosofia)
Meaning (Philosophy)
Issue Date: 17-Feb-2016
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Abstract: What does woman mean? According to two competing views, it can be seen as a sex term or as a gender term. Recently, Jennifer Saul has put forward a contextualist view, according to which woman can have different meanings in different contexts. The main motivation for this view seems to involve moral and political considerations, namely, that this view can do justice to the claims of trans women. Unfortunately, Saul argues, on further reflection the contextualist view fails to do justice to those moral and political claims that motivated the view in the first place. In this article I argue that there is a version of the contextualist view that can indeed capture those moral and political aims, and in addition, I use this case to illustrate an important and more general claim, namely, that moral and political considerations can be relevant to the descriptive project of finding out what certain politically significant terms actually mean.
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It is part of: Hypatia, 2016, vol. 31, num. 2, p. 245-258
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ISSN: 0887-5367
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