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Philosophy of Birth

A New Logos for Genos


A Vibrant and Growing Field of Contemporary Critical Thought

Every human life begins with gestation and birth. However, giving birth continues to be a blind spot in contemporary prevailing philosophy. Women philosophers and feminists have criticised this imbalance, rescuing delivery and birth from a state of omission or abandonment. This project is about why and how we should introduce birth into the canon of subjects explored by philosophy.

Women frequently have their rights breached during childbirth, and we need to know why this happens before we can fix it effectively. What we propose to achieve through a philosophy of birth is a new ‘logos’ for ‘genos’ —a radically new meditation on origin and birth.

"Philosophy of Birth: A New Logos for Genos (FILNAC-2)" engages with one of the aims of contemporary philosophy; we explore the relationship between knowledge and emancipatory to create an epistemology that is sensitive to feminism and embodiment in the relatively unchartered waters of birth and delivery.

Keywords: Epistemology, Feminism, Epistemic Injustice, Labour, Obstetric Violence, Capacity, Agency,  Rationality, Birth Rights, Genealogy, and Conceptual Innovation


"Philosophy of Birth: A New Logos for Genos (FILNAC-2)", Research Project funded by the Regional Government of Madrid and the Complutense University of Madrid, under the  Excellence Programme for University Professors, 2021-23.