This year’s Philosophy in Society talk at Clayton State University will focus on an important topic with wide public appeal… the plight of domestic violence victims. The audience, to include Clayton State students, faculty, staff and the general public, will have the opportunity to hear from Clayton State Philosophy faculty member Dr. Lisa Buckley.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room UC262 of the James M. Baker University Center, Buckley will be speaking on 20th Century philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and the plight of domestic violence victims. Her presentation is based on a paper of Buckley’s, “Why Doesn’t She Leave Him? An Ethical Analysis of Domestic Violence,” that notes de Beauvoir’s contention that women who lived in oppressed conditions were at least partly responsible for their own oppression.
“This calls to mind the plight of female victims of domestic violence; often, the question is asked by friends, family, and strangers: why doesn’t she just leave him?” says Buckley, who explains that the focus is equally on Beauvoir and the plight of domestic violence victims, in an attempt to analyze their situation from an ethical point of view.
“I'll also be taking time to answer questions, about either the philosophy, or domestic violence in general if questions arise,” she adds.
According to Buckley, her paper takes the “Why doesn’t she just leave him?” question seriously, and examines whether de Beauvoir’s analysis applies to domestic violence victims, and whether the victim is partly responsible for staying.
“The comparison shows that the presence or realistic threat of violence changes the ethical situation quite radically,” she says. “The paper also highlights some interesting features of oppression itself.”
As noted, this timely Philosophy in Society presentation is free and open to the public.