Elanor Taylor will be coming to Boise State University Friday where she will speak on the topic of "Groups and Oppression."
Taylor, a philosopher and assistant professor at Iowa State University, has worked in the areas of research including metaphysics and philosophy of science and of the mind. Taylor is interested in the metaphysics related to the philosophy of gender and in questions about explanation.
Oppression takes place when a social group finds itself subordinated and another finds itself elevated. It can display itself in many different ways, but it often appears in social groups and subsequently influences them as well.
In her discussion, Taylor will examine the role the groups play in oppression, from social norms to stereotypes. She believes that oppression is responsible for forming metaphysical problems for oppression theories and is searching for a way that oppression theorists may be able to handle such issues.
The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Education Building. It is being sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.