Research Seminar

Anca Gheaus: What does it mean to have a gender identity?

Date: 26 May 2021
Time: 14:00-15:45

THIS SEMINAR WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 17. If you are already registered you do not need to register again in order to get the link to the seminar.

Anca Gheaus is a political philosopher interested in justice and the normative significance of personal relationships. 


The concept of "gender identity" is at the core of heated current philosophical and political debates. But it is far from clear what it means to have a gender identity. I examine several ways of making sense of this concept, in light of certain desiderata: The concept should make good trans people’s claims concerning their own gender identities, the claim that denying one’s gender identity, or misgendering, is a form of serious harm, the claim that that the criterion for gender identity is self-identification, and, possibly, also the claim that we all have a gender identity. I conclude that, if most gender norms are unjustified, then none of the considered accounts of “gender identity” is successful. I defend an eliminativist view about this concept.


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