Amanda Enggaard Dybdal, Ane Christine Knudsen, Caroline Barner, Clara Rebecca Mackeprang Svarc, Sascha Melanie Andersen & Simone Westergaard Hjorth Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project seeks to understand the enabling and limiting factors of sexuality and gender given by philosopher Michel Foucault and queer-theoretic Judith Butler within the two given philosophical studies of science: social constructivism and post-structuralism. The first part of the project explains the metaphysic frameworks social constructivism and post-structuralism, in order to fully understand how both theorists, base their own understandings of the given notions. This is followed by an immanent analysis of their work, The Will to Knowledge and Gender Trouble as to gain a greater understanding of their given theories on their own premises. This project’s main focus is the understanding of sexuality and gender and thereby this project highlights specifically chosen chapters from Foucault and Butlers view of sexuality and gender. These chapters are analyzed and discussed as to fully comprehend and understand Foucault and Butler’s view of sexuality and gender as mere outcomes of social constructivism. As Butler explicitly borrows and interprets her theories in relation to Foucault, the analysis reflects on some of these said borrowings and interpretations though it is sought to be analyzed as immanently as it is with Foucault’s own theories. For the reading of Foucault, it is also given that one understands his interest in power and discourse. Naturally this will be presented beforehand as it is a key element to the reading of The Will to Knowledge, as its main focus is the constitutional powers construction and deployment of sexuality. Thirdly, limitation as an important element in writing this project as well as in the reading of the two theorists is brought up for discussion. Discussing the historical and philosophical studies of science this project offers a criticism of both Foucault and Butler, as they both tend to bias western philosophy as a denominator for all cultures. Finally, the project will discuss whether their common political agenda in claiming that sexuality and gender is socially constructed opens for new discourses that may challenge the current hegemonic ones.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2015
VejledereLars Jensen


  • køn
  • Judith
  • poststrukturalisme
  • identitet
  • magt
  • Michel
  • kønsforståelse
  • performativitet
  • seksualitet
  • diskurs
  • kønsidentitet
  • Foucault
  • Butler
  • socialkonstruktivisme