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Feminist Philosophy

Edited by Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir (San Francisco State University)
Assistant editor: Rachel Katherine Cooper (San Francisco State University)
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Summary

Feminist philosophy both critiques and contributes to all fields of philosophy. It has moved beyond its original insight that gendered power deeply colors the methods and substance of philosophy.  Today feminist philosophers construct work that builds on an understanding of power, privilege and oppression in the complex relationships among gender, race, sexuality, class/caste, ability, nation, age, and coloniality.  Thus, the field is in a good position to assist any philosopher in understanding that power, privilege, and social identities are philosophically important and impact the ways we do ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, politics, or any other field of philosophy.

Key works

Key work in feminist philosophy has been done in virtually all areas of philosophy. Please see individual subcategory entries  under "Feminist Philosophy" for key works by area and topic.

Introductions

The following collections offer concise overviews of different subfields and topics in feminist philosophy: Alcoff & Kittay 2007 (The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy); Fricker & Hornsby 2000 (The Cambridge Companion to Feminism and Philosophy); Jaggar & Young 1998 (A Companion to Feminist Philosophy);  and Stone 2007 (An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy).

Additional anthologies and collections of key readings include: Cudd & Andreasen 2005 (Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology); Hackett & Haslanger 2006 (Theorizing Feminisms); Bailey & Cuomo 2008 (The Feminist Philosophy Reader); and Guy-Sheftal 1995 (Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought).

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  1. Nermin Abadan-Unat (2010). Hayatıni Seçen Kadın: ". Doğan Kitap.
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  2. Virginia Abernethy (1981). Dominance, Feminist Hierarchies, and Heterosexual Dyads. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 (3):429-430.
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  3. Christa Davis Acampora (2003). Book Review: Jacquelyn N. Zita. Body Talk: Philosophical Reflections on Sex and Gender. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. [REVIEW] Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 18 (3):212-215.
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  4. Ben Agger (1991). A Critical Theory of Public Life Knowledge, Discourse, and Politics in an Age of Decline.
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  5. Agra Romero María Xosé (2012). Con armas, como armas: la violencia de las mujeres. Isegoría 46:49-74.
    El texto aborda uno de los temas de la violencia contemporánea, la violencia política de las mujeres. A partir de los problemas para nombrar la violencia y de los análisis de A. Cavarero sobre el «horrorismo», se centra en dos casos: la muerte de Yoyes y las mujeres bombas suicidas chechenas, mostrando las construcciones sociales y culturales de sexo/género, sus mitos y estereotipos, en cuanto constituyen una de las raíces más profundas y persistentes de la violencia. En definitiva, de lo (...)
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  6. Aguado María Isabel Peña (2002). Einleitung. Die Philosophin 13 (26):7-10.
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  7. Cara Aitchison (2003). Gender and Leisure Social and Cultural Perspectives.
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  8. Liane Aiwanger (2002). Feministische Philosophie in Spanien. Die Philosophin 13 (26):116-121.
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  9. Liane Aiwanger & Susanna Jäger (2002). Rethinking University-Ergebnisse der Internationalen Frauenuniversität. Die Philosophin 13 (26):116 - 121.
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  10. Linda Martín Alcoff (2016). Feminism, Speaking for Others, and the Role of the Philosopher. Stance 9:85-105.
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  11. Natalie Alexander (1992). Piecings From a Second Reader. Hypatia 7 (2):177-187.
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  12. Tangren Alexander (1992). Lesbian Slip; 2:00 AM, Valentine's Morning; Est & Non: The Dream Body; For Sandra; The Answers in the Back: A Song; The Feminist Existentialist State Song. [REVIEW] Hypatia 7 (4):14 - 30.
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  13. Anita L. Allen (2003). Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Accountability protects public health and safety, facilitates law enforcement, and enhances national security, but it is much more than a bureaucratic concern for corporations, public administrators, and the criminal justice system. In Why Privacy Isn't Everything, Anita L. Allen provides a highly original treatment of neglected issues affecting the intimacies of everyday life, and freshly examines how a preeminent liberal society accommodates the competing demands of vital privacy and vital accountability for personal matters. Thus, "None of your business!" is at (...)
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  14. Prudence Allen (1997). The Concept of Woman. W.B. Eerdmans.
    v. 1. The Aristotelian revolution, 750 BC-AD 1250 -- v. 2. The early humanist Reformation, 1250-1500.
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  15. Prudence Allen (1984). Public Man, Private Woman. Review of Metaphysics 38 (1):118-120.
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  16. Sister Prudence Allen (1998). Edith Stein. Review of Metaphysics 52 (1):180-181.
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  17. Paul Amar (2014). Inverting Agamben: Gendered Popular Sovereignty and the Natasha Wars of Cairo. Contemporary Political Theory 13 (3):263.
    Giorgio Agamben’s concepts of ‘the sovereign’, ‘state of exception’ and ‘bare life’ have been used by political theorists, particularly since the declaration of the Global War on Terror and during the more recent age of wars of humanitarian intervention, to conceptualize the sovereignty exercised by security states. These state processes have been mirrored by absolutization within some branches of political theory, conflating Foucauldian concepts of biopolitical sovereignty and circulatory governmentality with notions of absolutist rule, and narrowing optics for interpreting popular (...)
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  18. Wilhelm Anderson (1933). The Beginnings of Modern EthicsRadoslav Andrea Tsanoff. International Journal of Ethics 43 (3):366-367.
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  19. I. Ang (1987). Popular Fiction and Feminist Cultural Politics. Theory, Culture and Society 4 (3):651-658.
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  20. Ruth Anthony (1993). The Guitar of God: Gender, Power, and Authority in the Visionary World of Mother Juana de la Cruz ;Ronald E. Surtz. Speculum 68 (1):266-268.
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  21. Ann L. Ardis (1990). New Women, New Novels Feminism and Early Modernism.
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  22. Electa Arenal (2007). Women in the Oaxaca Teachers' Strike and Citizens' Uprising. Feminist Studies 33 (1):107-117.
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  23. Nerea Aresti (2007). Shaping the Spanish Modern Man: The Conflict of Masculine Ideals Through a Court Case in the 1920s. Feminist Studies 33 (3):606-631.
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  24. Lynne S. Arnault (2003). Cruelty, Horror, and the Will to Redemption. Hypatia 18 (2):155-188.
  25. Ram Hari Aryal (1991). Socioeconomic and Cultural Differentials in Age at Marriage and the Effect on Fertility in Nepal. Journal of Biosocial Science 23 (2):167-178.
    Age at marriage is one of the factors that influence the fertility behaviour of women, particularly in a society like Nepal where contraceptive use is low. Socioeconomic and cultural factors, particularly religion and ethnicity, are important variables in determining age at marriage in Nepal. Fertility was negatively related with age at marriage. Marriage duration had a greater influence on fertility than age at marriage, although these were strongly correlated.
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  26. Adile Aslan Almond (2016). Reading Rainer Fassbinder’s Adaptation Fontane Effi Briest. Cultura 13 (2):83-102.
    Fontane Effi Briest by the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder is arguably one of the greatest adaptations from literature to screen, and the best Effi Briest adaptation. Although the first reception of the movie, when it appeared in 1974, was not without unmixed reviews, most scholars nowadays share the conviction that it is a masterpiece. Elke Siegel defines the film as a success both at the Berlinale and at the box office. Kreft Wetzel, however, in an interview with Fassbinder in (...)
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  27. Ulrike Auga (2004). Hommage an Christina von Braun. Die Philosophin 15 (30):55-70.
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  28. Maryann Ayim (1991). In Praise of Clutter as a Necessary Part of The Feminist Perspective. Hypatia 6 (2):211-215.
    A comment on Susan Wendell's paper "Oppression and Victimization; Choice and Responsibility" that appeared in Hypatia 5(3).
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  29. Susan Babbitt (2003). Book Review: Martine Watson Brown Ley and Allison B. Kimmich. Women and Autobiography. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 2000. [REVIEW] Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 18 (3):215-218.
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  30. H. E. Baber (1987). What Women Want. Journal of Applied Philosophy 4 (1):57-64.
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  31. Susanne Baer (2004). Hommage an Christina von Braun. Die Philosophin 15 (30):122-128.
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  32. Susanne Baer (1997). Ausschließungen. Die Philosophin 8 (15):75-85.
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  33. Alison Bailey (2005). Book Review: Chris Cuomo. The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love, and Knowledge. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003. [REVIEW] Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 20 (3):218-221.
    Book review of Chris Cuomo's Philosopher Queen.
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  34. Cathryn Bailey (2004). Anna Julia Cooper:?Dedicated in the Name of My Slave Mother to the Education of Colored Working People? Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 19 (2):56-73.
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  35. Cathryn Bailey (2004). Anna Julia Cooper: “Dedicated in the Name of My Slave Mother to the Education of Colored Working People”. Hypatia 19 (2):56-73.
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  36. David T. Baird (1979). Female and Male Climacteric. Journal of Biosocial Science 11 (4):488.
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  37. Isaac D. Balbus (2002). Book Review: Uma Narayan and Julia J. Bartkowiak. Having and Raising Children: Unconventional Families, Hard Choices, Social Good. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999. [REVIEW] Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 17 (2):162-165.
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  38. Michelle Ballif (2001). Seduction, Sophistry, and the Woman with the Rhetorical Figure.
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  39. Bar On Bat-Ami (2003). Terrorism, Evil, and Everyday Depravity. Hypatia 18 (1):157-163.
    : This essay expresses ambivalence about the use of the term "evil" in analyses of terrorism in light of the association of the two in speeches intended to justify the United States' "war on terrorism." At the same time, the essay suggests that terrorism can be regarded as "evil" but only when considered among a multiplicity of "evils" comparable to it, for example: rape, war crimes, and repression.
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  40. Bat-Ami Bar On (2004). Politics and Prioritization of Evil. Hypatia 19 (4):192-196.
  41. Victoria Barker (1997). Definition and the Question Of?Woman? Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 12 (2):185-215.
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  42. Kerstin Barndt (1991). Subjekt. Die Philosophin 2 (4):102-104.
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  43. Kerstin Barndt (1990). Feministische Theorie - Philosophie - Universität. Die Philosophin 1 (1):118-121.
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  44. Anne Barnhill & Stephanie R. Morain (2015). Latch On or Back Off?: Public Health, Choice, and the Ethics of Breast-Feeding Promotion Campaigns. Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 8 (2):139-171.
    Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopment advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.In a letter sent out to 2600 hospitals across the country they [Public Citizen] demand that healthcare facilities “immediately discontinue the distribution of commercial infant formula manufacturer discharge bags,” claiming it undermines women’s success at breastfeeding. What they failed to explain is (...)
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  45. Sarah Smith Bartel (2007). ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today, Second Edition, Edited by Mary Krane Derr, Rachel MacNair, and Linda Naranjo-Huebl. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 7 (1):206-210.
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  46. Devan Baty & Floyd Gray (2002). Gender, Rhetoric and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing. Substance 31 (2/3):292.
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  47. Josef Bauer, Åke W. Sjöberg & Ake W. Sjoberg (1997). The Sumerian Dictionary of the University of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1: A, Part II. Journal of the American Oriental Society 117 (4):736.
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  48. Nancy Bauer (1996). Book Review: Margaret A. Simons. Feminist Interpretations of Simone de Beauvoir. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995. [REVIEW] Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 11 (3):161-164.
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  49. Angelica Baum (1992). Weibliches Begehren. Die Philosophin 3 (6):91-95.
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  50. Ulrike Baureithel (1993). Paradigmen des Männlichen. Die Philosophin 4 (8):24-35.
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