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The Privilege of Being a Woman
March 7, April 4, and May 2
The first in a new format of reading groups, on Alice von Hildebrand’s The Privilege of Being a Woman with with Maria Fedoryka.
The group will meet over Zoom on Tuesdays (March 7, April 4, and May 2) from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT.
About the Text
In The Privilege of Being a Woman, Alice von Hildebrand examines the claims of radical feminists like Simone de Beauvoir. She counterposes these claims against the example of the Virgin Mary to reveal what she calls the feminine gifts of purity, receptivity, and life-giving nurturing.
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
This format differs from our more academic reading groups. Whereas those are more discussion-focused, this group will be centered around a lecture from the leader, who leads our participants in a focused meditation on the text, allowing everyone involved the opportunity to wrestle with the thoughts contained here.
Dr. Maria Fedoryka lectures and publishes in both academic and popular fora in the field of the philosophy of love, examining issues spanning from the centrality of love in the being of God, to its role at the center of creation, to its meaning for marriage, family, and sexuality. Having been captivated by the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand as a teenager and deeply drawn to his phenomenological and personalist philosophy, she pursued her studies under Josef Seifert and John Crosby at the International Academy of Philosophy.
Among her scholarly writings are an analysis of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s philosophy of marital intimacy and procreation titled Finis superabundant Operis: Refining an Ancient Cause for Understanding the Spousal Act in the ACPQ, and “‘God is Love’”: Personal Plurality as the Completion of Aristotle’s Notion of Substance and Love as the Absolute Ground of the Divine Being” in the Proceedings of the ACPA. Among her popular publications are the booklet The Special Gift of Women for God, the Family and the World published by the Catholic Truth Society in England. She is currently working on an article comparing Hildebrand’s and Aquinas’s philosophy of affectivity, as well as an article on Hildebrand’s theory of motivation as the key to understanding deliberate moral wrongdoing.
Reading groups are free to attend.
If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.
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Suitable for beginners.
Session 1: Parts 1–2
Session 2: Parts 3–5
Session 3: Parts 6–9
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT