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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 2006 (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. The Case for Feminism.Rebecca Tuvel - 2020 - In College Ethics: A Reader on Moral Issues that Affect You,.
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  2. Avortement.Lynda Gaudemard - forthcoming - L’Encyclopédie Philosophique.
    For L’encyclopédie Philosophique (online).
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  3. Authenticity and Normative Authority: Addressing the Agency Dilemma with Values of One’s Own.Kathryn MacKay - 2020 - Journal of Social Philosophy 51 (3):349-370.
  4. Categories We Live By: The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories, by Ásta. [REVIEW]Elizabeth Barnes & Matthew Andler - 2020 - Mind 129 (515):939-947.
    Categories We Live by: The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories, by Ásta. Oxford: OUP, 2018. Pp. 160.
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  5. A Lasallian Response to Rape Culture.Jordan Pascoe - 2020 - Axis: A Lasallian Journal of Higher Education 11 (1):129-155.
  6. The Queer Heroics of Butler's Antigone.Marie Draz - 2015 - In Tina Chanter & Sean D. Kirkland (eds.), Returns of Antigone. New York, NY, USA: pp. 205-219.
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  7. Colonialism.Marie Draz - 2018 - In Karin Sellberg (ed.), Gender: Time. Boston, MA, USA: pp. 219-231.
  8. Weimarer Republik und Faschismus.Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky - 1991 - Die Philosophin 2 (3):140-143.
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  9. Weimarer Republik und Faschismus.Sarah Kofman - 1991 - Die Philosophin 2 (3):111-112.
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  10. Book Review: A Political Companion to James Baldwin, Edited by Susan J. McWilliams. [REVIEW]Chris Lebron - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):410-415.
  11. 「応答の心が交差する小径」としての〈感応道交〉 道元のフェミニズム的解釈」 [The interpretation of kannō dōkō – Dōgen from a feminist point of view].Ralf Müller - 2015 - 『日本哲学史研究』Research Bulletin of Japanese Philosophy.
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  12. Übersetzung und Überlieferung von Philosophie [Translation and Transmission of Philosophy].Ralf Müller, Aurelio Calderon & Xenia Wenzel - forthcoming - Stuttgart, Deutschland: frommann-holzboog.
  13. Virginity Bias Against Women is Not From The Torah. [REVIEW]Ruth BatYah - manuscript
    This writing is a review of the 3rd chapter of Katherine E. Southwood's "Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges".
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  14. Categorical Injustice. Ásta - 2019 - Journal of Social Philosophy 50 (4):392-406.
  15. Categorical Injustice.Ásta Sveinsdóttir - forthcoming - Journal of Social Philosophy.
  16. Between Carceral Feminism and Transformative Justice.Anna Terwiel - 2019 - Social Philosophy Today 35:161-165.
  17. Ethical Practice in the Care of an Elder: A Daughter’s Blog.Caroline Bath - 2017 - Ethics and Social Welfare 11 (4):307-319.
  18. HIV Health Care Providers as Street-Level Bureaucrats: Unreflective Discourses and Implications for Women’s Health and Well-Being.Shrivridhi Shukla & Judith L. M. McCoyd - 2019 - Ethics and Social Welfare 13 (2):133-149.
  19. Menopause. A Midlife Passage. Edited by Joan C. Callahan. Pp. 220. £27.50 ; £11.99.S. J. Ulijaszek - 1995 - Journal of Biosocial Science 27 (4):490-491.
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  20. Microbiopolitics in Art: Joyful Acts of Insurrection.Mariana Pérez Bobadilla - 2018 - Technoetic Arts 16 (3):303-313.
    This article explores projects of art and biology as joyful acts of insurrection. It presents critical and creative perspectives to generate alternative structures of subjec-tivity. These alternative structures gain relevance when intersectional variables of privilege and discrimination as political tools are set in crisis by a postanthropocen-tric awareness. The thesis of this article is that in order to understand and develop postanthropocentric intersectional positions, the microbial posthuman joins thecartographies of the posthuman as a material possibility from microscopic biologicalmatter and philosophical (...)
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  21. Embodiment and Agency Edited by Sue Campbell, Letitia Meynell, and Susan Sherwin University Park, PA: Pennsylvania UP, 2009, 273 Pp., $65.00. [REVIEW]Kristin Rodier - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (4):647-650.
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  22. Regional Variations in Child Marriage in Bangladesh.Md Kamrul Islam, Md Rabiul Haque & Mohammad Bellal Hossain - 2016 - Journal of Biosocial Science 48 (5):694-708.
    SummaryThis study aimed to investigate the regional variations in the prevalence of child marriage in Bangladesh with a view to providing recommendations for division-specific policy interventions. Data from the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey were analysed using multivariate logistic regression. Substantial regional variations in child marriage were found in Bangladesh. Rangpur and Khulna had more than four times higher odds of child marriage than Sylhet. Barisal and Rajshahi had more than three times higher odds of child marriage than Sylhet. (...)
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  23. Cohort Marriage Kinetics in the Context of Migration, with a Case Study of Japan, 1920–1940.Jianghua Liu - 2016 - Journal of Biosocial Science 48 (5):577-592.
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  24. The Ethics of Breastfeeding by Women Living with HIV/AIDS: A Concrete Proposal for Reforming Department of Health and Human Services Recommendations.Lawrence O. Gostin & Matthew M. Kavanagh - 2019 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 47 (1):161-164.
  25. The Banality of Anal: Safer Sexual Erotics in the Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ Safer Sex Comix and Ex Aequo’s Alex et la vie d’après.Jordana Greenblatt - 2019 - Journal of Medical Humanities 40 (1):33-51.
    Analyzing two harm reduction comics campaigns—one early in the AIDS crisis and one more recent, I explore tensions between queer safer sexual erotics and national discourses of sexual norms/deviation raised by Cindy Patton and William Haver at the height of AIDS discourse theory in 1996, approximately halfway between the comics. Using these theorists’ reflections on the history of AIDS activism/representation as a hinge, I explore the manifestation/transformation a decade later of the ethical, educational, and erotic issues they raise. Both foreground (...)
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  26. Philosophy for Girls: Book Proposal.Melissa Shew & Kim Garchar - forthcoming
    This forthcoming edited volume is written by expert women in philosophy for younger women and girls ages 16-20. It features a range of ethical, metaphysical, social and political, and other philosophical chapters divided into four main sections. Each chapter features an opening anecdote involving women and/or girls from historical, literary, artistic, scientific, mythic, and other sources to lead into the main topic of the chapter.
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  27. Kenyan Sages on Equality of the Sexes.Gail M. Presbey - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):111-145.
    This article traces the larger theme of egalitarianism within the context of equality of the sexes throughout H. Odera Oruka’s interviews with Kenyan sages, whom he asked to share their views on the topic. Often, the sages asserted men’s superiority to women. This paper analyses the sages’ responses, as well as Odera Oruka’s rejoinders to their comments. I have broadened my study to include five sages interviewed by Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo, included in his dissertation completed under Odera Oruka’s supervision (1994). I (...)
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  28. Book Review: The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists, by Lisa Pace Vetter. [REVIEW]Wynne Walker Moskop - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (2):293-300.
  29. Warburg’s “Goddess in Exile”: The “Nymph” Fragment Between Letter and Taxonomy, Read with Heinrich Heine.Sigrid Weigel - 2013 - Critical Horizons 14 (3):271-295.
    As regards Aby Warburg’s oeuvre, it is fascinating that three unfinished or unpublished projects have come to represent the very theorems now appearing of most interest for cultural historians and theorists: The Mnemosyne Atlas representing pictorial memory; the Serpent Ritual as theorem for a cultural-anthropological reading of pagan cultures; and the Nymph Fragment as a foundational figure of modern iconology. This essay undertakes an analysis of the fragmentary character of Warburg’s way of working, arguing that his search for an analytic (...)
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  30. Ethics, the Body, and the Postmodern Feminist: Ethics of the Body: Postconventional Challenges. Edited by Margrit Shildrick and Roxanne Mykitiuk. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005, 300 Pages, $27.00. [REVIEW]Juan M. Hernandezs - 2008 - Ethics and Behavior 18 (1):115-117.
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  31. Pedagogical Postures: A Feminist Search for a Geometry of the Educational Relation.Lovisa Bergdahl & Elisabet Langmann - 2018 - Ethics and Education 13 (3):1-20.
    Inspired by Adriana Cavarero’s recent work on maternal inclinations as a postural term, the overall purpose of this article is to seek out a geometry of the educational relation that is alien to the masculine myth of the ‘economic man’. Drawing on Jan Masschelein and Maarten Simons’s critique of the marketization of education, reading their giving ‘shape and form’ to the scholastic school through the geometry of Cavarero’s ‘maternal inclinations’, the article shows how images and metaphors associated with the posture (...)
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  32. Spitting Out the Kool-Aid: A Review of Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. [REVIEW]Arianna Falbo - 2018 - Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7:12-17.
  33. Anti-Carceral Feminism and Sexual Assault—A Defense.Chloë Taylor - 2018 - Social Philosophy Today 34:29-49.
    Most mainstream feminist anti-rape scholarship and activism may be described as carceral feminism, insofar as it fails to engage with critiques of the criminal punishment system and endorses law-and-order responses to sexual and gendered violence. Mainstream feminist anti-rape scholars and activists often view increased conviction rates and longer sentences as a political goal—or, at the very least, are willing to collaborate with police and lament cases where perpetrators of sexual violence are given “light” or non-custodial sentences. Prison abolitionists, on the (...)
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  34. Hegel et la femme voilée : réflexions hégéliennes sur la construction de la femme voilée en France.Jill Drouillard - 2012 - New Zealand Journal of French Studies 33 (2).
    Le climat politique actuel en France abonde de débats à propos de l’identité nationale et du voile; en fait, le voile est devenu un symbole séparant l’idée d’une nation française et d’une nation islamique. Cependant, peu d’attention est portée sur la façon dont la perception de la différence de la femme est essentielle à la formation du citoyen français. Au lieu de se demander simplement “que veut dire être Français?” une seconde interrogation devrait suivre sur la façon dont se construit (...)
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  35. Comment penser une ontologie fondée sur la différence sexuelle après la « manif pour tous »?”.Jill Drouillard - 2017 - Implications Philosophiques 4.
    Cet article parle de la nécessité de repenser la notion de la différence sexuelle après le mal appropriation de celle-ci par « la manif pour tous ». Chaque tentative de former une ontologie fondée sur cette différence risque une favorisation de l’hétéronormativité et de l’essentialisme. En me servant de la philosophie d’Elizabeth Grosz sur Darwin, j’essaie de reformuler la différence sexuelle en des termes positifs et de voir celle-ci comme une notion qui facilite (plutôt que limite) la diversité. Le texte (...)
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  36. Review of Jean Grimshaw's Philosophy and Feminist Thinking.Alison Jaggar - 1989 - Noûs 23 (3).
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  37. Review of Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law, by Catharine A. MacKinnon.Alison Jaggar - 1987 - The New York Times Book Review (3).
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  38. Review of Women, History and Theory by Joan Kelly.Alison Jaggar - 1986 - American Journal of Sociology.
  39. The Ultimate Revolution.Alison Jaggar - 1972 - The Humanist.
    A review of the Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firestone.
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  40. 'Reproduction’ as Male Ideology.Alison M. Jaggar & William McBride - 1985 - Women's Studies International Forum 8 (3):185-196.
  41. How Can Philosophy Be Feminist?Alison M. Jaggar - 1988 - American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy.
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  42. Book Review: Agape, Eros, Gender: Towards a Pauline Sexual EthicAgape, Eros, Gender: Towards a Pauline Sexual EthicbyWatsonFrancisCambridge University Press, New York, 2000. 268 Pp. $59.95 . ISBN 0-521-66263-X. [REVIEW]Deborah F. Sawyer - 2001 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 55 (2):204-206.
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  43. Mujeres Militantes, Voces Disidentes: Kaneko Fumiko.Montserrat Crespin Perales - 2008 - In Elena Barlés (ed.), La mujer japonesa. Realidad y mito. Zaragoza, España: pp. 491-506.
    Mujeres Militantes, Voces Disidentes: Kaneko Fumiko.
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  44. "One is Not Born, but Rather Becomes, a Woman": The Sex-Gender Distinction and Simone de Beauvoir’s Account of Woman.Celine Leboeuf - 2015 - In Kathy Smits & Susan Bruce (eds.), Feminist Moments. pp. 138-145.
    "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. No biological, psychological, or economic destiny defines the figure that the human female acquires in society; it is civilization as a whole that develops this product, intermediate between female and eunuch, which one calls feminine. Only the mediation of another can establish an individual as an Other. In so far as he exists for himself, the child would not be able to understand himself as sexually differentiated. In girls as in boys (...)
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  45. Vulnerability in Resistance.Ladelle McWhorter - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory 17 (S3):119-122.
  46. Whose Politics? Who’s Correct?Alison M. Jaggar - 2006 - In Lynda Burns (ed.), Feminist Alliances. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi. pp. 19-34.
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  47. Human Rights Discourse : Friend or Foe of African Women’s Sexual Freedoms?Louise Du Toit - 2018 - Acta Academica 4 (46):49 – 70.
    CITATION: Du Toit, L. 2014. Human rights discourse : friend or foe of African women’s sexual freedoms?. Acta Academic, 46: 48-69.
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  48. Anti-Carceral Feminism and Sexual Assault—A Defense in Advance.Chloë Taylor - forthcoming - Social Philosophy Today.
  49. Review of The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. [REVIEW]Amy Marvin - 2018 - Hypatia Reviews Online 2018.
    The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy presents an exciting, comprehensive, and original pluralist presentation of feminist philosophy that is a much-needed update to existing feminist philosophy companions. Students, scholars, independent researchers, and departments interested in feminism and philosophy would do well to make sure they have access to this volume, and it should be a relevant resource for years to come. Reviewing such an expansive presentation of feminist philosophy across differences also raises considerations about the meanings and limits of pluralism (...)
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  50. Interdependency: The Fourth Existential Insult to Humanity.Tom Malleson - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory 17 (2):160-186.
    Sigmund Freud famously described three existential insults to humanity stemming from heliocentrism, evolution, and psychoanalysis. In recent years we are, perhaps, beginning to see the emergence of a fourth: interdependency. Over the last several centuries, Anglo-American culture has modelled itself on a vision of the independent individual – strong, autonomous, and self-sufficient. Yet from feminist theory, communitarianism, disability theory, institutionalist economics, and elsewhere, the evidence mounts that independence is, in most contexts, a myth. We are, in fact, fundamentally social beings: (...)
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