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  1. Amy Allen & Anthony Steinbock (2014). Introduction. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 28 (3):213-218.
    This volume of articles contains highlights from the fifty-second annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). The University of Oregon hosted our conference on October 24–26, 2013. All three of the plenary sessions for this conference constituted reflections on limits of various kinds: the limits of conceptual thinking, the limits of continental philosophy understood as a kind of post-Kantian quasi-transcendental enterprise, and the idea that SPEP’s guiding orientation is an openness to experience that requires the Society (...)
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  2. Amy Allen (2013). Feminism, Foucault, and the Critique of Reason: Re-Reading the History of Madness. Foucault Studies 16:15-31.
    This paper situates Lynne Huffer’s recent queer-feminist Foucaultian critique of reason within the context of earlier feminist debates about reason and critically assesses Huffer’s work from the point of view of its faithfulness to Foucault’s work and its implications for feminism. I argue that Huffer’s characterization of Enlightenment reason as despotic not only departs from Foucault’s account of the relationship between power and reason, it also leaves her stuck in the same double binds that plagued earlier feminist critiques of reason. (...)
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  3. Amy Allen & Anthony Steinbock (2013). Introduction. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (3):217-219.
    This volume of essays brings together some of the highlights from the fifty-first annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). The Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College hosted our conference on November 1-3, 2012. Although Hurricane Sandy disrupted the travel plans of some of our presenters and forced us to reschedule some sessions, the conference went on as planned. Our local host, Brian Schroeder of the Rochester Institute of Technology, SPEP secretary-treasurer Shannon Mussett, and graduate (...)
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  4. Amy Allen (2012). The Public Sphere: Ideology and/or Ideal? Political Theory 40 (6):822 - 829.
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  5. Amy Allen (2012). The Unforced Force of the Better Argument: Reason and Power in Habermas' Political Theory. Constellations 19 (3):353-368.
  6. Amy Allen (2011). Foucault and the Politics of Our Selves. History of the Human Sciences 24 (4):43-59.
    Exploring the apparent tension between Foucault’s analyses of technologies of domination – the ways in which the subject is constituted by power–knowledge relations – and of technologies of the self – the ways in which individuals constitute themselves through practices of freedom – this article endeavors to makes two points: first, the interpretive claim that Foucault’s own attempts to analyse both aspects of the politics of our selves are neither contradictory nor incoherent; and, second, the constructive claim that Foucault’s analysis (...)
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  7. Amy Allen (2011). Race, Empire and the Idea of Human Development by Thomas McCarthy. Constellations 18 (3):487-492.
  8. Amy Allen (2010). Review of Hans-Christoph Schmidt Am Busch, Christopher F. Zurn (Eds.), The Philosophy of Recognition: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (9).
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  9. Amy Allen (2010). The Entanglement of Power and Validity : Foucault and Critical Theory. In Timothy O'Leary & Christopher Falzon (eds.), Foucault and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. 78--98.
  10. Amy Allen (2009). Discourse, Power, and Subjectivation: The Foucault/Habermas Debate Reconsidered. Philosophical Forum 40 (1):1-28.
  11. Amy Allen (2009). Feminism and the Subject of Politics. In Boudewijn Paul de Bruin & Christopher F. Zurn (eds.), New Waves in Political Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan.
  12. Amy Allen (2009). Feminism and the Subject of Politics Amy Allen. In Boudewijn Paul de Bruin & Christopher F. Zurn (eds.), New Waves in Political Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. 1.
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  13. Amy Allen, Feminist Perspectives on Power. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  14. Amy Allen (2008). Power and the Politics of Difference: Oppression, Empowerment, and Transnational Justice. Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 156-172.
    This paper examines Young’s conception of power, arguing that it is incomplete, in at least two ways. First, Young tends to equate the term power with the narrower notions of ‘oppression’ and ‘domination’. Thus, Young lacks a satisfactory analysis of individual and collective empowerment. Second, as Young herself admits, it is not obvious that her analysis of power can be useful in the context of thinking about transnational justice. Allen concludes by considering one way in which Young’s analysis of power (...)
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  15. Amy Allen (2008). Re-Presenting the Good Society by Maeve Cooke. Constellations 15 (4):587-590.
  16. Amy Allen (2007). Justice and Reconciliation: The Death of the Prison? Human Studies 30 (4):311 - 321.
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  17. Amy Allen (2007). Scholar's Symposium: The Work of Angela Y. Davis. [REVIEW] Human Studies 30 (4):311-321.
  18. Amy Allen (2007). The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory. Columbia University Press.
    Introduction : the politics of our selves -- Foucault, subjectivity, and the enlightenment : a critical reappraisal -- The impurity of practical reason : power and autonomy in Foucault -- Dependency, subordination, and recognition : Butler on subjection -- Empowering the lifeworld? autonomy and power in Habermas -- Contextualizing critical theory -- Engendering critical theory.
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  19. Amy Allen (2007). The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens (Review). Hypatia 22 (2):200-204.
  20. Amy Allen (2007). Book Review: The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens by Seyla Benhabib. [REVIEW] Hypatia 22 (2):200-204.
  21. Amy R. Allen (2007). Systematically Distorted Subjectivity?: Habermas and the Critique of Power. Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (5):641-650.
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  22. Amy Allen (2006). Review of Thomas Flynn, Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason, Volume 2: A Poststructuralist Mapping of History. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (2).
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  23. Amy Allen (2005). “Dependency, Subordination, and Recognition: On Judith Butler's Theory of Subjection”. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 38 (3-4):199-222.
    Judith Butler's recent work expands the Foucaultian notion of subjection to encompass an analysis of the ways in which subordinated individuals becomes passionately attached to, and thus come to be psychically invested in, their own subordination. I argue that Butler's psychoanalytically grounded account of subjection offers a compelling diagnosis of how and why an attachment to oppressive norms – of femininity, for example – can persist in the face of rational critique of those norms. However, I also argue that her (...)
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  24. Amy Allen (2005). Sandra Bartky, “Sympathy and Solidarity” and Other Essays:“Sympathy and Solidarity” and Other Essays. Ethics 115 (3):599-601.
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  25. Amy Allen (2003). Foucault and Enlightenment: A Critical Reappraisal. Constellations 10 (2):180-198.
    In a late discussion of Kant’s essay, “Was ist Aufklärung?,” Foucault credits Kant with posing “the question of his own present” and positions himself as an inheritor of this Kantian legacy.1 Foucault has high praise for the critical tradition that emerges from Kant’s historical-political reflections on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution; Kant’s concern in these writings with “an ontology of the present, an ontology of ourselves” is, he says, characteristic of “a form of philosophy, from Hegel, through Nietzsche and (...)
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  26. Amy Allen (2002). Introduction. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 10 (2):119 – 121.
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  27. Amy Allen (2002). Power, Subjectivity, and Agency: Between Arendt and Foucault. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 10 (2):131 – 149.
    The author argues for bringing the work of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt into dialogue with respect to the links between power, subjectivity, and agency.Although one might assume that Foucault and Arendt come from such radically different philosophical starting points that such a dialogue would be impossible, the author argues that there is actually a good deal of common ground to be found between these two thinkers. Moreover, the author suggests that Foucault's and Arendt's divergent views about the role that (...)
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  28. Amy Allen (2001). Pornography and Power. Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (4):512–531.
    When it was at its height, the feminist pornography debate tended to generate more heat than light. Only now that there has been a cease fire in the sex war does it seem possible to reflect on the debate in a more productive way and to address some of the questions that were left unresolved by it. In this paper, I shall argue that one of the major unresolved questions is that of how feminists should conceptualize power. The antipornography feminists (...)
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  29. Amy Allen (2000). Feminist Narratives and Social/Political Change. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (4):127-132.
    Lara, Maria Pia, Moral Textures: Feminist Narratives in the Public Sphere (reviewed by Amy Allen).
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  30. Amy Allen (2000). Reconstruction or Deconstruction?: A Reply to Johanna Meehan. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (3):53-60.
    I argue that Johanna Meehan's call to examine the extra-linguistic psychic, affective and biological dimensions of gender identity is extremely important both for feminist theory in particular and for contemporary Continental philosophy in general. However, I suspect that such an examination might necessitate more than a mere expansion or reconstruction of Habermas' views; on the contrary, I suggest that Meehan's line of argument might lead instead toward a radical deconstruction of Habermasian critical theory. Key Words: feminism • Habermas • identity (...)
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  31. Amy Allen (2000). The Anti-Subjective Hypothesis: Michel Foucault and the Death of the Subject. Philosophical Forum 31 (2):113–130.
    The centerpiece of the first volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality is the analysis of what Foucault terms the “repressive hypothesis,” the nearly universal assumption on the part of twentieth-century Westerners that we are the heirs to a Victorian legacy of sexual repression. The supreme irony of this belief, according to Foucault, is that the whole time that we have been announcing and denouncing our repressed, Victorian sexuality, discourses about sexuality have actually proliferated. Paradoxically, as Victorian as we allegedly (...)
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  32. Amy Allen (1999). Solidarity After Identity Politics: Hannah Arendt and the Power of Feminist Theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (1):97-118.
    This paper argues that Hannah Arendt's political theory offers key insights into the power that binds together the feminist movement - the power of solidarity. Second-wave feminist notions of solidarity were grounded in notions of shared identity; in recent years, as such conceptions of shared identity have come under attack for being exclusionary and repressive, feminists have been urged to give up the idea of solidarity altogether. However, the choice between (repressive) identity and (fragmented) non-identity is a false opposition, and (...)
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  33. Amy Allen (1999). The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity. Westview Press.
    Power is clearly a crucial concept for feminist theory. Insofar as feminists are interested in analyzing power, it is because they have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and ultimately challenging the multiple array of unjust power relations affecting women in contemporary Western societies, including sexism, racism, heterosexism, and class oppression.In The Power of Feminist Theory, Amy Allen diagnoses the inadequacies of previous feminist conceptions of power, and draws on the work of a diverse group of theorists of power, including Michel (...)
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  34. Amy Allen (1998). Foucault's Debt to Hegel. Philosophy Today 42 (1):71-78.
  35. Amy Allen (1998). Power Trouble: Performativity as Critical Theory. Constellations 5 (4):456-471.
    Although Judith Butler’s theory of the performativity of gender has been highly influential in feminist theory, queer theory, cultural studies, and some areas of philosophy, it has yet to receive its due from critical social theorists.1 This oversight is especially problematic given the crucial insights into the study of power – a central concept for critical social theory – that can be gleaned from Butler’s work. Her analysis is somewhat unique among discussions of power in its attempt to theorize simultaneously (...)
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  36. Amy Allen (1998). Rethinking Power. Hypatia 13 (1):21 - 40.
    This paper argues that feminists have yet to develop a satisfactory account of power. Existing feminist accounts of power tend to have a one-sided emphasis either on power as domination or on power as empowerment. This conceptual one-sided-ness must be overcome if feminists are to develop an account complex enough to illuminate women's diverse experiences with power. Such an account is sketched here.
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