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Feminism and Analytic Philosophy of Religion

Sarah Coakley

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195331356
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195331356.003.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Feminism and Analytic Philosophy of Religion

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The relation between analytic philosophy of religion and feminist thought has to date been a strained one. To the extent that most analytic philosophers of religion have attended to feminist theory or feminist theology at all, their acknowledgment has generally gone no further than a belated concession to the use of gender-inclusive language. More substantial issues raised by feminist philosophy or theology have in large part been ignored in the standard literature. Although there have been certain notable exceptions to this “rule,” it is undeniable that analytic philosophy of religion remains predominantly “gender blind” in its thinking, and thus, no doubt unsurprisingly, when feminist thinkers have troubled to comment on the discipline, their criticisms have tended to be severe. This article primarily aims to probe the reasons for the mutual incomprehension between the disciplines of analytic philosophy of religion and feminist thought, and to chart—and assess—the feminist criticisms leveled against analytic philosophy of religion for what is claimed to be its covert “masculinist” bias.

Keywords: philosophy of religion; analytic philosophy; feminism; feminist theology; gender bias; feminist criticism

Article.  15063 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion ; Feminist Philosophy

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