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Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Aaron Griffith

Committee Members

Victoria Costa

Elizabeth Losh


In this paper, I use Sally Haslanger's ameliorative inquiry to examine the metaphysics of sexual orientation. The guiding question is: what is sexual orientation? The project is both a descriptive and prescriptive effort: I seek to describe the everyday concept of sexual orientation and prescribe a concept of sexual orientation that fulfills the aims of the contemporary queer movement. Unique to this project is my use of grounding and anchoring – metaphysical tools. I evaluate leading contemporary proposals from Robin Dembroff, Matthew Andler, and Esa Diaz-Leon. I then propose an alternative interpretation: a pluralist account.

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