Dewey and Latina Lesbians on the Quest for Purity

Gregory Fernando Pappas

in Pragmatism in the Americas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241804 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Dewey and Latina Lesbians on the Quest for Purity

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This chapter discusses Latina Lesbian Women in the USA as one of the most radical insightful groups of feminist thinkers at the end of the twentieth century. It discusses that Latina lesbians are only one of many marginalized groups in US society whose existence is problematic from a certain predominant metaphysical perspective. According to this perspective, to have a multiple identity or to be in between cultures, genders, or races is to be ambiguous, impure, and therefore inauthentic or anomalous. This perspective is deeply embedded in the ways we are taught to experience or conceive the world. The book continues to provide a Deweyan criticism of this metaphysical perspective and compare it with some recent feminist critiques.

Keywords: John Dewey; Latina lesbians; gender; feminism

Chapter.  4200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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