Feminist Philosophy

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

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.


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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History/traditions: Feminist Philosophy

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  1. Hayatıni Seçen Kadın: ".Nermin Abadan-Unat - 2010 - Doğan Kitap.
  2. From the Love Studio.Asma Abbas - 2017 - Hypatia 32 (1):199-204.
  3. Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly.Emily K. Abel - 1986 - Feminist Studies 12 (3):479.
  4. Dominance, Feminist Hierarchies, and Heterosexual Dyads.Virginia Abernethy - 1981 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 (3):429-430.
  5. Book Review: Jacquelyn N. Zita. Body Talk: Philosophical Reflections on Sex and Gender. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. [REVIEW]Christa Davis Acampora - 2003 - Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 18 (3):212-215.
  6. "Separate and Equal"? Mujeres Libres and Anarchist Strategy for Women's Emancipation.Martha A. Ackelsberg - 1985 - Feminist Studies 11 (1):63.
  7. Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference.Brooke A. Ackerly - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    From the diverse work and often competing insights of women's human rights activists, Brooke Ackerly has written a feminist and a universal theory of human rights that bridges the relativists' concerns about universalizing from particulars and the activists' commitment to justice. Unlike universal theories that rely on shared commitments to divine authority or to an 'enlightened' way of reasoning, Ackerly's theory relies on rigorous methodological attention to difference and disagreement. She sets out human rights as at once a research ethic, (...)
  8. Book Review: The New Individualism by Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott London: Routledge, 2006. [REVIEW]M. Adams - 2007 - Theory, Culture and Society 24 (5):147-152.
  9. A Critical Theory of Public Life Knowledge, Discourse, and Politics in an Age of Decline.Ben Agger - 1991
  10. Con armas, como armas: la violencia de las mujeres.Agra Romero María Xosé - 2012 - 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 (...)
  11. El Emblema de Lo Privado. Notas Sobre Filosofía Política y Crítica Feminista.Maria Xosé Agra - 1992 - Isegoría 6:161-166.
  12. Einleitung.Aguado María Isabel Peña - 2002 - Die Philosophin 13 (26):7-10.
  13. Gender and Leisure Social and Cultural Perspectives.Cara Aitchison - 2003
  14. Feministische Philosophie in Spanien.Liane Aiwanger - 2002 - Die Philosophin 13 (26):116-121.
  15. Rethinking University-Ergebnisse der Internationalen Frauenuniversität.Liane Aiwanger & Susanna Jäger - 2002 - Die Philosophin 13 (26):116 - 121.
  16. Ethical and Methodological Challenges Involved in Research on Sexual Violence in Nigeria.A. J. Ajuwon & O. Adegbite - 2008 - Research Ethics 4 (1):3-9.
  17. Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space.Alaimo Stacy, Grosz Elizabeth & Mohanram Radhika - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (3):209-216.
  18. Contesting Democracy: HIV/AIDS and the Achievement of Gender Equality in South Africa.Catherine Albertyn - 2003 - Feminist Studies 29:595-615.
  19. Feminism, Speaking for Others, and the Role of the Philosopher.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2016 - Stance 9:85-105.
  20. Speaking the Same Language.Virgil C. Aldrich - 1954 - Ethics 65 (3):213-217.
  21. Piecings From a Second Reader.Natalie Alexander - 1992 - Hypatia 7 (2):177-187.
  22. 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]Tangren Alexander - 1992 - Hypatia 7 (4):14 - 30.
  23. The Power of Feminist Theory.Allen Amy - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):222-226.
  24. Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability.Allen Anita - 2006 - Hypatia 21 (1):227-231.
  25. Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability.Anita L. Allen - 2003 - 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 (...)
  26. The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Modern French Philosophy.Jeffner Allen & Iris Marion Young - 1992 - Hypatia 7 (1):151-155.
  27. The Concept of Woman.Prudence Allen - 1997 - W.B. Eerdmans.
    v. 1. The Aristotelian revolution, 750 BC-AD 1250 -- v. 2. The early humanist Reformation, 1250-1500.
  28. Public Man, Private Woman.Prudence Allen - 1984 - Review of Metaphysics 38 (1):118-120.
  29. Edith Stein.Sister Prudence Allen - 1998 - Review of Metaphysics 52 (1):180-181.
  30. Freda Kirchwey, a Woman of the Nation.Sara Alpern - 1990 - Science and Society 54 (2):234-235.
  31. Inverting Agamben: Gendered Popular Sovereignty and the Natasha Wars of Cairo.Paul Amar - 2014 - 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 (...)
  32. The "Weak" Subject: On Modernity, Eros and Women's Playwriting.Anderlini-D'onofrio Serena - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (3):242-245.
  33. The Beginnings of Modern Ethics. Radoslav Andrea Tsanoff.Wilhelm Anderson - 1933 - International Journal of Ethics 43 (3):366-367.
  34. Popular Fiction and Feminist Cultural Politics.I. Ang - 1987 - Theory, Culture and Society 4 (3):651-658.
  35. Alcoff, Linda Martin and Eduardo Mendieta, Eds. Thinking From the Underside of History: Enrique DusseVs Philosophy of Liberation. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. Ix+ 300 Pp. $22.95 Pb. [REVIEW]Ian Angus - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
  36. Feministische Ästhetik.Charlotte Annerl - 1992 - Die Philosophin 3 (5):88-90.
  37. Phantasie.Evelyn Annuß - 1998 - Die Philosophin 9 (17):84-90.
  38. Ronald E. Surtz, The Guitar of God: Gender, Power, and Authority in the Visionary World of Mother Juana de la Cruz (1481–1534).(Middle Ages Series.) Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990. Pp. Xvii, 171. [REVIEW]Ruth Anthony - 1993 - Speculum 68 (1):266-268.
  39. The Guitar of God: Gender, Power, and Authority in the Visionary World of Mother Juana de la Cruz ;Ronald E. Surtz.Ruth Anthony - 1993 - Speculum 68 (1):266-268.
  40. Woman's Legacy.Bettina Aptheker - 1985 - Science and Society 49 (1):112-115.
  41. Quantifier Versus Poetry. Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years.István Aranyosi - 2012 - The Pluralist 7 (1):94-103.
    Recent discussion, both in the academia-related popular media and in some professional academic venues, about the current state and role of mainstream Anglo-American analytic philosophy among the humanities, has revealed a certain uneasiness expressed by both champions of this approach and traditional adversaries of it regarding its perceived isolation from the other fields of humanities. The fiercer critics go as far as to claim that the image of this type of philosophizing in the contemporary world is one of a discipline (...)
  42. Beyond the Call of Beauty: Everyday Aesthetic Demands Under Patriarchy.Alfred Archer & Lauren Ware - forthcoming - The Monist.
    his paper defends two claims. First, we will argue for the existence of aesthetic demands in the realm of everyday aesthetics, and that these demands are not reducible to moral demands. Second, we will argue that we must recognise the limits of these demands in order to combat a widespread form of gendered oppression. The concept of aesthetic supererogation offers a new structural framework to understand both the pernicious nature of this oppression and what may be done to mitigate it.
  43. New Women, New Novels Feminism and Early Modernism.Ann L. Ardis - 1990
  44. Women in the Oaxaca Teachers' Strike and Citizens' Uprising.Electa Arenal - 2007 - Feminist Studies 33 (1):107-117.
  45. Shaping the Spanish Modern Man: The Conflict of Masculine Ideals Through a Court Case in the 1920s.Nerea Aresti - 2007 - Feminist Studies 33 (3):606-631.
  46. Cruelty, Horror, and the Will to Redemption.Lynne S. Arnault - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (2):155-188.
    Americans cherish the idea that good eventually triumphs over evil. After briefly arguing that a proper understanding of the moral harm of cruelty calls into question the credibility of popular American idioms of redemption, I argue that the epistemic dynamics of horror help account for the commanding grip of this rhetoric on the popular imagination, and I suggest that this idiom has morally problematic features that warrant the attention of feminists.
  47. Send Me Your Refuse.Robert Artigiani - 1994 - American Journal of Semiotics 11 (1/2):249-276.
  48. Socioeconomic and Cultural Differentials in Age at Marriage and the Effect on Fertility in Nepal.Ram Hari Aryal - 1991 - 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.
  49. RC Famiglietti, Tales of the Marriage Bed From Medieval France (1300–1500). Providence, RI: Picardy Press, 1992. Pp. X, 392; Frontispiece Map, 68 Black-and-White Plates, and Genealogical Tables. $34.95. [REVIEW]Kathleen Ashley - 1995 - Speculum 70 (1):138-138.
  50. Reading Rainer Fassbinder’s Adaptation Fontane Effi Briest.Adile Aslan Almond - 2016 - 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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