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  1. Cynthia Willett (2014). Going to Bed White and Waking Up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage. Critical Philosophy of Race 2 (1):84-105.
    Like lynching and other mass hysterias, xenophobia exemplifies a contagious, collective wave of energy and hedonic quality that can point toward a troubling unpredictability at the core of political and social systems. While earlier studies of mass hysteria and popular discourse assume that cooler heads (aka rational individuals with their logic) could and should regain control over those emotions that are deemed irrational, and that boundaries are assumed healthy only when intact, affect studies pose individuals as nodes of biosocial networks (...)
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  2. Cynthia Willett (2013). Water and Wing Give Wonder: Cross-Species Cosmopolitanism. Phaenex 8 (2):185-208.
    Any interspecies ethics could do well to flip the claim of human exceptionalism several times on its head. Before entertaining a claim to re-naturalize human beings (with the risk of a reductive model of biology), the remarkable communicative, cultural, and cognitive skills of other creatures deserve more investigation. The usual line-up of metaphysical suspects for shoring up human superiority—impartial reason, moral or spiritual freedom, and self-awareness—have been used to gravely overstate our human capacities while obscuring genuinely mind-bending powers that cross (...)
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  3. Kelly Oliver, Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett, Naomi Zack, Anne-Marie Schultz, Jennifer Ingle & Lenore Wright (2012). Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture. Lexington Books.
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  4. Cynthia Willett (2012). Affect Attunement in the Caregiver-Infant Relationship and Across Species: Expanding the Ethical Scope of Eros. Philosophia 2 (2):111-130.
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  5. Cynthia Willett (2012). Ground Zero for a Post-Moral Ethics in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace and Julia Kristeva's Melancholic. Continental Philosophy Review 45 (1):1-22.
    Perhaps no other novel has received as much attention from moral philosophers as South African writer J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace . The novel is ethically compelling and yet no moral theory explains its force. Despite clear Kantian moments, neither rationalism nor self-respect can account for the strange ethical task that the protagonist sets for himself. Calling himself the dog man, like the ancient Cynics, this shamelessly cynical protagonist takes his cues for ethics not from humans but from animals. He does (...)
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  6. Cynthia Willett (2012). Visionary Pragmatism and an Ethics of Connectivity: An Alternative to the Autonomy Tradition in Analytic Ethics. In Maurice Hamington Celia N. Bardwell Jones (ed.), Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism. Routledge. 258-287.
    In an era of global interdependence, the concept of autonomy may no longer name our core moral need. Shifting friendships and enmities across political boundaries bear significant consequences for the individual. Perhaps social alliances and hostilities have always had an impact on the flourishing of individuals and communities. But globalization (especially as viewed through the technology of the information age) magnifies the impact of external forces on sovereign bodies. These forces remind individuals of the need to establish the right kind (...)
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  7. Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett & Yael D. Sherman (2012). The Seriously Erotic Politics of Feminist Laughter. Social Research: An International Quarterly 79 (1):217-246.
  8. Leonard Lawler & Cynthia Willett (2011). Philosophical Thresholds. Philosophy Today 55 (Supplement):5-7.
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  9. Bill Martin, Andrew Cutrofello & Cynthia Willett (2010). 4. Critical Discussion. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (1).
     
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  10. Cynthia Willett (2010). Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy (Review). Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (4):pp. 373-376.
  11. Cynthia Willett (2010). Response to Bill Martin and Andrew Cutrofello on Irony in the Age of Empire. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (1):96-99.
    What a pleasure to have such subtle thinkers and scholars as Bill Martin and Andrew Cutrofello reflect on the relation of irony and comedy to politics and philosophy through their commentary on my new book. To set the tone, Martin begins with a koan, or a parody of one, “What if a tree told a joke in the woods and there was no one there to hear it?” He means, I believe, to sound a warning on the limits of irony (...)
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  12. Cynthia Willett & Leonard Lawler (2010). Recenterings of Continental Philosophy. Philosophy Today 54 (Supplement):3-4.
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  13. Cynthia Willett (2008). False Consciousness and Moral Objectivity in Kansas. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22 (4):pp. 290-299.
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  14. Cynthia Willett (2008). Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture (Review). Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 224-226.
  15. Cynthia Willett (2008). Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Cultureby Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu. Hypatia 23 (3):224-226.
  16. Cynthia Willett (2008). Irony in the Age of Empire: Comic Perspectives on Democracy and Freedom. Indiana University Press.
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  17. Cynthia Willett (2007). Analyzing Oppression, by Ann Cudd. Radical Philosophy Review 10 (1):91-96.
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  18. Cynthia Willett (2007). Overcoming Habits of Whiteliness: Reading Shannon Sullivan's Revealing Whiteness. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (3):pp. 210-217.
  19. Cynthia Willett (2006). Cornel West Matters. Radical Philosophy Review 9 (1):93-96.
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  20. Cynthia Willett (2004). Book Review: Joan Williams. Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. [REVIEW] Hypatia 19 (3):228-231.
  21. Cynthia Willett (2004). Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Review). Hypatia 19 (3):228-231.
  22. Keith Burgess-Jackson, Mark Owen Webb, Martha Chamallas, Cynthia Willett, Julie E. Maybee, Carol A. Moeller, Alisa L. Carse, Debra A. DeBruin & Linda A. Bell (2002). Theorizing Backlash: Philosophical Reflections on the Resistance to Feminism. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  23. Tamsin Lorraine, Robyn Ferrell, Kelly Oliver, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Frances Restuccia, E. Ann Kaplan, Catherine Peebles, Emily Zakin, Lisa Walsh & Cynthia Willett (2001). Between the Psyche and the Social: Psychoanalytic Social Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  24. Cynthia Willett (2001). The Pyramid That the Slaves Built: A Response to John Lachs. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 15 (3):184-189.
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  25. Cynthia Willett (1999). The Ethical Heart of Existential Marxism. Radical Philosophy Review 2 (2):161-169.
  26. Anita Allen, Bernard Boxill, Joshua Cohen, R. M. Hare, Bill Lawson, Tommy Lott, Howard McGary, Julius Moravcsik, Laurence Thomas, William Uzgalis, Julie Ward, Bernard Williams & Cynthia Willett (1998). Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  27. Cynthia Willett (ed.) (1998). Theorizing Multiculturalism: A Guide to the Current Debate. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  28. Cynthia Willett (1995). Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities. Routledge.
    In Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities which includes the first extended philosophical discussion of the works of Frederick Douglass, Cynthia Willett puts forward a novel theory of ethical subjectivity that is aimed to counter prevailing pathologies of sexist, racist Eurocentric culture. Weaving together accounts of the self drawn from African-American and European philosophies, psychoanalysis, slave narratives and sociology, Willett interrogates what Hegel locates as the core of the self: the desire for recognition. Surveying the conceptual deficiencies that prevent both (...)
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  29. Cynthia Willett (1992). Tropics of Desire: Freud and Derrida. Research in Phenomenology 22 (1):138-151.
  30. Cynthia Willett (1991). Cognition and Eros. International Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):137-138.
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  31. Cynthia Willett (1990). Hegel, Antigone, and the Possibility of Ecstatic Dialogue. Philosophy and Literature 14 (2):268-283.
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