Gender and the Problem of Universals: Catholic Mobilizations and Sexual Democracy in France

Eric Fassin
2016 Religion and Gender  
In the 1980s, John Boswell analyzed the controversy between 'essentialists' and 'constructionists' in gay and lesbian studies in the light of the medieval 'problem of universals.' This paper revives this analogy to understand the controversy launched by Catholic authorities against the (so-called) 'theory-of-gender' pitted against gender studies at the risk of equating God with Nature.
doi:10.18352/rg.10157 fatcat:fccez2jrzfaungw2kseh6gb6ju