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Summary Feminist philosophy of mind is the practice of using feminist philosophies and methodologies to solve problems in traditional philosophy of mind and vice versa. A feminist approach asks us to consider the ways that placing different kinds of bodies at the center of philosophical analysis alters our traditional accounts of phenomena such as perception, intentionality, emotion, and consciousness. Classic topics in feminist philosophy of mind include the mind-body problem and its relation to male/female and woman/man dichotomies, analyses of racist and sexist perception such as colonizing gazes and sexist objectification, studies of the relations between specific emotions and sex or gender, and examinations of liberatory modes of consciousness such as mindfulness and consciousness-raising. An additional way to think about this philosophical category is that it involves the practice of making philosophy of mind more rigorous by casting a wider net and approaching its problems with a feminist lens.

 

 

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  1. The Promise of Happiness.Sara Ahmed - 2010 - Duke University Press.
    _The Promise of Happiness_ is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and feminist cultural studies, Sara Ahmed reveals the affective and moral work performed by the “happiness duty,” the expectation that we will be made happy by taking part in that which is (...)
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  2. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others.Sara Ahmed - 2006 - Duke University Press.
    Introduction: find your way -- Orientations toward objects -- Sexual orientation -- The orient and other others -- Conclusion: disorientation and queer objects.
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  3. Collective Feelings: Or, the Impressions Left by Others.Sara Ahmed - 2004 - Theory, Culture and Society 21 (2):25-42.
    This article examines ‘collective feelings’ by considering how ‘others’ create impressions on the surfaces of bodies. Rather than considering ‘collective feeling’ as ‘fellow feeling’ or in terms of feeling ‘for’ the collective, the article suggests that how we respond to others in intercorporeal encounters creates the impression of a collective body. In other words, how we feel about others is what aligns us with a collective, which paradoxically ‘takes shape’ only as an effect of such alignments. The article considers different (...)
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  4. Differences That Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism.Sara Ahmed - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    Differences That Matter challenges existing ways of theorising the relationship between feminism and postmodernism which ask 'is or should feminism be modern or postmodern?' Sara Ahmed suggests that postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates and calls instead for feminist theorists to speak (back) to postmodernism, rather than simply speak on (their relationship to) it. Such a 'speaking back' involves a refusal to position postmodernism as a generalisable condition of the world and requires closer readings of what postmodernism is (...)
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  5. Material Feminisms.Stacy Alaimo & Susan Hekman (eds.) - 2008 - Indiana University Press.
    By insisting on the importance of materiality, this volume breaks new ground in philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, and other fields where the body and nature collide.
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  6. Experience and Knowledge: The Case of Sexual Abuse Memories.L. M. Alcoff - forthcoming - Feminist Metaphysics:209--223.
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  7. A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity.Louise M. Antony & Charlotte Witt (eds.) - 2002 - Westview Press.
    A book of tremendous influence when it first appeared, A Mind of One's Own reminded readers that the tradition of Western philosophy-- in particular, the ideals of reason and objectivity-- has come down to us from white males, nearly all of whom are demonstrably sexist, even misogynist. In this second edition, the original authors continue to ask, What are the implications of this fact for contemporary feminists working within this tradition? The second edition pursues this question about the value of (...)
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  8. A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity.Louise Antony, Charlene Witt, Linda Alcoff & Elizabeth Potter - 1993 - Hypatia 8 (4):140-149.
    The contributors to two new anthologies A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity and Feminist Epistemologies are philosophers for whom feminism is an intellectual as well as political commitment and they produce original, valuable feminist and philosophical work. I focus on differences between the anthologies and on two themes: the social character of knowledge and the allegedly oppressive "masculinism" of epistemological ideals.
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  9. Beyond Neurosexism : Is It Possible to Defend the Female Brain?Robyn Bluhm - 2012 - In Robyn Bluhm, Anne Jaap Jacobson & Heidi Lene Maibom (eds.), Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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  10. Introduction.Robyn Bluhm, Anne Jaap Jacobson & Heidi Maibom - 2012 - In Robyn Bluhm, Anne Jaap Jacobson & Heidi Lene Maibom (eds.), Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  11. Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science.Robyn Bluhm, Anne Jaap Jacobson & Heidi Lene Maibom (eds.) - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
  12. Feeling Power: Emotions and Education.Megan Boler - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):205-209.
  13. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body.S. Bordo - 2004 - University of California Press.
    Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body Susan Bordo. Tiegs, Cheryl, 163 Timaeus (Plato), 34 Time, 193, 268, 269 Tom Jones, 110, 116-17 Torture, public, 143 Totalization, and "difference," 259, 260 Toys, children's, 263 Transcendence, 4, ...
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  14. Suzanne M. Zeedyk, and Fiona E. Raitt, The Implicit Relation of Psychology and Law: Women and Syndrome Evidence. [REVIEW]Belinda Brooks-Grodon - 2002 - Feminist Legal Studies 10 (2):195-197.
  15. Mary Astell: Defender of the “Disembodied Mind”.Cynthia B. Bryson - 1998 - Hypatia 13 (4):40-62.
    This paper demonstrates how Mary Astell's version of Cartesian dualism supports her disavowal of female subordination and traditional gender roles, her rejection of Locke's notion of "thinking matter" as a major premise for rejecting his political philosophy of "social contracts" between men and women, and, finally, her claim that there is no intrinsic difference between genders in terms of ratiocination, the primary assertion that grants her the title of the first female English feminist.
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  16. Book Review: Sue Campbell. Interpreting the Personal: Expression and the Formation of Feelings. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997. [REVIEW]Cynthia Burack - 1999 - Hypatia 14 (3):176-178.
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  17. The Political Structure of Emotion: From Dismissal to Dialogue.Sylvia Burrow - 2005 - Hypatia 20 (4):27-43.
    How much power does emotional dismissal have over the oppressed's ability to trust outlaw emotions, or to stand for such emotions before others? I discuss Sue Campbell's view of the interpretation of emotion in light of the political significance of emotional dismissal. In response, I suggest that feminist conventions of interpretation developed within dialogical communities are best suited to providing resources for expressing, interpreting, defining, and reflecting on our emotions.
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  18. The Political Structure of Emotion: From Dismissal to Dialogue.Sylvia Burrow - 2000 - Hypatia 20 (4):27-43.
  19. Women, “False” Memory, and Personal Identity.Sue Campbell - 1997 - Hypatia 12 (2):51-82.
    We contest each other's memory claims all the time. I am concerned with how the contesting of memory claims and narratives may be an integral part of many abusive situations. I use the writings of Otto Weininger and the False Memory Syndrome Foundation to explore a particular strategy of discrediting women as rememberers, making them more vulnerable to sexual harm. This strategy relies on the presentation of women as unable to maintain a stable enough sense of self or identity to (...)
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  20. Is There Neurosexism in Functional Neuroimaging Investigations of Sex Differences?Cordelia Fine - 2013 - Neuroethics 6 (2):369-409.
    The neuroscientific investigation of sex differences has an unsavoury past, in which scientific claims reinforced and legitimated gender roles in ways that were not scientifically justified. Feminist critics have recently argued that the current use of functional neuroimaging technology in sex differences research largely follows that tradition. These charges of ‘neurosexism’ have been countered with arguments that the research being done is informative and valuable and that an over-emphasis on the perils, rather than the promise, of such research threatens to (...)
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  21. Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference.Cordelia Fine - 2010 - New York: W.W. Norton & Co..
    Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain. Why are there so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room? Well, they say, it's our brains. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology, DELUSIONS OF GENDER rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate (...)
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  22. Will Working Mothers' Brains Explode? The Popular New Genre of Neurosexism.Cordelia Fine - 2008 - Neuroethics 1 (1):69-72.
    A number of recent popular books about gender differences have drawn on the neuroscientific literature to support the claim that certain psychological differences between the sexes are ‘hard-wired’. This article highlights some of the ethical implications that arise from both factual and conceptual errors propagated by such books.
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  23. The Explanation Approach to Delusion.Cordelia Fine, Jillian Craigie & Ian Gold - 2005 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 12 (2):159-163.
  24. Plasticity, Plasticity, Plasticity… and the Rigid Problem of Sex.Cordelia Fine, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Anelis Kaiser & Gina Rippon - 2013 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (11):550-551.
  25. Metaphors of Being a Phi.Marilyn Frye - 2011 - In Charlotte Witt (ed.), Feminist Metaphysics: Explorations in the Ontology of Gender and the Self. Springer. pp. 85--95.
  26. The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory.Marilyn Frye - 1983 - The Crossing Press.
    Marilyn Frye's first book, The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory, presents nine philosophical lectures: four on women's subordination, four on resistance and rebellion, one on revolution. Its approach combines a lesbian perspective with analytical philosophy of language. The major contributions of the book are its analysis of oppression, highly suggestive discussions of the roles of attention in knowledge and ignorance and in arrogance and love, a defense of political separatism not based on female supremacism, and a development of (...)
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  27. Narcissism and Vanity.Ann Garry - 1982 - Social Theory and Practice 8 (2):145-153.
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  28. Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy, 2nd Ed.Ann Garry & Marilyn Pearsall (eds.) - 1996 - Routledge.
    This second edition of Women, Knowledge and Reality continues to exhibit the ways in which feminist philosophers enrich and challenge philosophy. Essays by twenty-five feminist philosophers, seventeen of them new to the second edition, address fundamental issues in philosophical and feminist methods, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of science, language, religion and mind/body. This second edition expands the perspectives of women of color, of postmodernism and French feminism, and focuses on the most recent controversies in feminist theory and philosophy. The (...)
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  29. On Being Objective and Being Objectified.S. Haslanger - forthcoming - A Mind of Oneâ’s Own:95--125.
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  30. Objective Reality, Male Reality, and Social Construction.S. Haslanger - forthcoming - Women, Knowledge, and Reality:84.
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  31. Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: The Question of Personal Identity.Susan James - 2000 - In Miranda Fricker & Jennifer Hornsby (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 29--45.
  32. The Problem of Experience.Marianne Janack - 2008 - International Studies in Philosophy 40 (2):33-46.
  33. Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Oppression Against Mulptiple Oppressions.María Lugones - 2003 - Lantham.
    Mar'a Lugones, one of the premiere figures in feminist philosophy, has at last collected some of her most famous essays, as well as some lesser-known gems, into her first book.
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  34. Playfulness, "World"-Travelling, and Loving Perception.María Lugones - 1987 - Hypatia 2 (2):3 - 19.
    A paper about cross-cultural and cross-racial loving that emphasizes the need to understand and affirm the plurality in and among women as central to feminist ontology and epistemology. Love is seen not as fusion and erasure of difference but as incompatible with them. Love reveals plurality. Unity-not to be confused with solidarity-is understood as conceptually tied to domination.
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  35. The Questions of Identity and Agency in Feminism Without Borders: A Mindful Response.Keya Maitra - 2013 - Hypatia 28 (2):360-376.
    Chandra Mohanty, in introducing the phrase “feminism without borders,” acknowledges that she is influenced by the image of “doctors without borders” and wants to highlight the multiplicity of voices and viewpoints within the feminist coalition. So the question of agency assumes primary significance here. But answering the question of agency becomes harder once we try to accommodate this multiplicity. Take, for example, the practice of veiling among certain Muslim women. As many third-world feminists have pointed out, although veiling can't simply (...)
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  36. Princess Elisabeth and the Mind-Body Problem.Jen McWeeny - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 297-300.
  37. Liberating Anger, Embodying Knowledge: A Comparative Study of María Lugones and Zen Master Hakuin.Jen Mcweeny - 2010 - Hypatia 25 (2):295 - 315.
    This paper strengthens the theoretical ground of feminist analyses of anger by explaining how the angers of the oppressed are ways of knowing. Relying on insights created through the juxtaposition of Latina feminism and Zen Buddhism, I argue that these angers are special kinds of embodied perceptions that surface when there is a profound lack of fit between a particular bodily orientation and its framing world of sense. As openings to alternative sensibilities, these angers are transformative, liberatory, and deeply epistemohgical.
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  38. The Feminist Phenomenology of Excess: Ontological Multiplicity, Auto-Jealousy, and Suicide in Beauvoir's L'Invitée.Jennifer McWeeny - 2012 - Continental Philosophy Review 45 (1):41-75.
    In this paper, I present a new reading of Simone de Beauvoir’s first major work, L’Invitée ( She Came to Stay ), in order to reveal the text as a vital place of origin for feminist phenomenological philosophy. My reading of L’Invitée departs from most scholarly interpretations of the text in three notable respects: (1) it is inclusive of the “two unpublished chapters” that were excised from the original manuscript at the publisher’s request, (2) it takes seriously Beauvoir’s claim that (...)
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  39. Origins of Otherness: Nonconceptual Ethical Encounters in Beauvoir and Levinas.Jennifer McWeeny - 2009-2010 - Simone de Beauvoir Studies 26:5-17.
  40. Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions.Jennifer McWeeny & Ashby Butnor (eds.) - 2014 - Columbia University Press.
    In this collection of original essays, international scholars put Asian traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, into conversation with one or more contemporary feminist philosophies, founding a new mode of inquiry that attends to diverse voices and the complex global relationships that define our world. -/- These cross-cultural meditations focus on the liberation of persons from suffering, oppression, illusion, harmful conventions and desires, and other impediments to full personhood by deploying a methodology that traverses multiple philosophical styles, historical (...)
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  41. Landscape, Memory, and Forgetting: Thinking Through (My Mother's) Body and Place.Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands - 2008 - In Stacy Alaimo & Susan Hekman (eds.), Material Feminisms. Indiana University Press. pp. 265-290.
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  42. Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: Against Physicalism.Naomi Scheman - 2000 - In Miranda Fricker & Jennifer Hornsby (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 49--67.
  43. Reply to Louise Antony.Naomi Scheman - 1996 - Hypatia 11 (3):150 - 153.
    In her discussion of Naomi Scheman's "Individualism and the Objects of Psychology" Louise Antony misses the import of an unpublished paper of Scheman's that she cites. That paper argues against token identity theories on the grounds that only the sort of psycho-physical parallelisms that token identity theorists, such as Davidson and Fodor, reject could license the claim that each mental state or event is some particular physical state or event.
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  44. Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority, and Privilege.Naomi Scheman - 1993 - Routledge.
    Naomi Scheman argues that the concerns of philosophy emerge not from the universal human condition but from conditions of privilege. Her books represents a powerful challenge to the notion that gender makes no difference in the construction of philosophical reasoning. At the same time, it criticizes the narrow focus of most feminist theorizing and calls for a more inclusive form of inquiry.
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  45. On Sympathy.Naomi Scheman - 1979 - The Monist 62 (3):320-330.
  46. Neurological Preference: LeVay's Study of Sexual Orientation.Elizabeth A. Wilson - 2000 - Substance 29 (1):23-38.
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  47. Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition.Elizabeth A. Wilson - 1998 - Routledge.
    Neural Geographies draws together recent feminist and deconstructive theories, early Freudian neurology and contemporary connectionist theories of cognition. In this original work, Elizabeth A. Wilson explores the convergence between Derrida, Freud and recent cognitive theory to pursue two important issues: the nature of cognition and neurology, and the politics of feminist and critical interventions into contemporary scientific psychology. This book seeks to reorient the usual presumptions of critical studies of the sciences by addressing the divisions between the static and the (...)
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  48. “Clinically Significant Disturbance: Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind,”.Melanie Yergeau - 2013 - The Disability Studies Quarterly 33 (4).
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  49. Feminist Philosophy of Mind (Forthcoming).Julie Yoo - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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