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Cynthia Willett
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  1. The Seriously Erotic Politics of Feminist Laughter.Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett & Yael D. Sherman - 2012 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 79 (1):217-246.
  2. Going to Bed White and Waking Up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage.Cynthia Willett - 2014 - 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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  3. Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture (Review).Cynthia Willett - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 224-226.
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    Irony in the Age of Empire: Comic Perspectives on Democracy and Freedom.Cynthia Willett - 2008 - Indiana University Press.
    Comedy, from social ridicule to the unruly laughter of the carnival, provides effective tools for reinforcing social patterns of domination as well as weapons for emancipation. In Irony in the Age of Empire, Cynthia Willett asks: What could embody liberation better than laughter? Why do the oppressed laugh? What vision does the comic world prescribe? For Willett, the comic trumps standard liberal accounts of freedom by drawing attention to bodies, affects, and intimate relationships, topics which are usually neglected by political (...)
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    Water and Wing Give Wonder: Cross-Species Cosmopolitanism.Cynthia Willett - 2013 - 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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  6. The Pyramid That the Slaves Built: A Response to John Lachs.Cynthia Willett - 2001 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 15 (3):184-189.
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    Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities.Cynthia Willett - 1995 - 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.
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    Visionary Pragmatism and an Ethics of Connectivity: An Alternative to the Autonomy Tradition in Analytic Ethics.Cynthia Willett - 2012 - In Maurice Hamington Celia N. Bardwell Jones (ed.), Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism. Routledge. pp. 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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  9. Ground Zero for a Post-Moral Ethics in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace and Julia Kristeva's Melancholic.Cynthia Willett - 2012 - 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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    Affect Attunement in the Caregiver-Infant Relationship and Across Species: Expanding the Ethical Scope of Eros.Cynthia Willett - 2012 - philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 2 (2):111-130.
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    Theorizing Multiculturalism: A Guide to the Current Debate.Cynthia Willett (ed.) - 1998 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This wide-ranging anthology of classic and newly-commissioned essays brings together the major theories of multiculturalism from a multiplicity of philosophical perspectives.
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    Hegel, Antigone, and the Possibility of Ecstatic Dialogue.Cynthia Willett - 1990 - Philosophy and Literature 14 (2):268-283.
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  13. Theorizing Backlash: Philosophical Reflections on the Resistance to Feminism.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 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Contrary to the popular belief that feminism has gained a foothold in the many disciplines of the academy, the essays collected in Theorizing Backlash argue that feminism is still actively resisted in mainstream academia. Contributors to this volume consider the professional, philosophical, and personal backlashes against feminist thought, and reflect upon their ramifications. The conclusion is that the disdain and irrational resentment of feminism, even in higher education, amounts to a backlash against progress.
     
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  14. Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy.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 (eds.) - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This volume addresses a wide variety of moral concerns regarding slavery as an institutionalized social practice. By considering the slave's critical appropriation of the natural rights doctrine, the ambiguous implications of various notions of consent and liberty are examined. The authors assume that, although slavery is undoubtedly an evil social practice, its moral assessment stands in need of a more nuanced treatment. They address the question of what is wrong with slavery by critically examining, and in some cases endorsing, certain (...)
     
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    Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy.Cynthia Willett - 2010 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (4):373-376.
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    Analyzing Oppression, by Ann Cudd. [REVIEW]Cynthia Willett - 2007 - Radical Philosophy Review 10 (1):91-96.
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    Analyzing Oppression, by Ann Cudd.Cynthia Willett - 2007 - Radical Philosophy Review 10 (1):91-96.
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    Philosophical Thresholds.Leonard Lawlor & Cynthia Willett - 2011 - Philosophy Today 55 (Supplement):5-7.
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    Recenterings of Continental Philosophy.Cynthia Willett & Leonard Lawlor - 2010 - Philosophy Today 54 (Supplement):3-4.
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    False Consciousness and Moral Objectivity in Kansas.Cynthia Willett - 2008 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22 (4):pp. 290-299.
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    Response to Bill Martin and Andrew Cutrofello on Irony in the Age of Empire.Cynthia Willett - 2010 - 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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    Overcoming Habits of Whiteliness: Reading Shannon Sullivan's Revealing Whiteness.Cynthia Willett - 2007 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (3):pp. 210-217.
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    Book Review: Joan Williams. Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. [REVIEW]Cynthia Willett - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (3):228-231.
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    Tropics of Desire: Freud and Derrida.Cynthia Willett - 1992 - Research in Phenomenology 22 (1):138-151.
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    Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Review).Cynthia Willett - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (3):228-231.
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    Cornel West Matters.Cynthia Willett - 2006 - Radical Philosophy Review 9 (1):93-96.
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    Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Cultureby Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu.Cynthia Willett - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):224-226.
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    The Ethical Heart of Existential Marxism.Cynthia Willett - 1999 - Radical Philosophy Review 2 (2):161-169.
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    Response to Bill Martin and Andrew Cutrofello on Irony in the Age of Empire.Cynthia Willett - 2010 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (1):96.
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    Cognition and Eros.Cynthia Willett - 1991 - International Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):137-138.
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    The Ethical Heart of Existential Marxism.Cynthia Willett - 1999 - Radical Philosophy Review 2 (2):161-169.
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    The Shadow of Hegel's Science of Logic.Cynthia Willett - 1990 - Proceedings of the Hegel Society of America 10:85-92.
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  33. Philosophical Thresholds: Crossings of Life and World.Leonard Lawlor & Cynthia Willett - 2011 - Philosophy Today 55 (Supplement):5-7.
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  34. Between the Psyche and the Social: Psychoanalytic Social Theory.Tamsin Lorraine, Robyn Ferrell, Kelly Oliver, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Frances Restuccia, E. Ann Kaplan, Catherine Peebles, Emily Zakin, Lisa Walsh & Cynthia Willett - 2001 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Between the Psyche and the Social is the first collection that specifically features the field of psychoanalytic social theory emerging in and between psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonial studies, and queer theory, and across the disciplines of philosophy, literary, film, and cultural studies. This collection of essays takes the psychoanalytic study of social oppression in some new directions by engaging—indeed, stirring up—unconscious fantasies and ethical tensions at the heart of social subjectivity.
     
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  35. 4. Critical Discussion.Bill Martin, Andrew Cutrofello & Cynthia Willett - 2010 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (1).
     
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  36. Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture.Kelly Oliver, Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett, Naomi Zack, Anne-Marie Schultz, Jennifer Ingle & Lenore Wright - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    The eight essays contained in this book explore the portrayal of women, and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. They bring feminist voices to the conversation about gender and attests to the importance of feminist critique in what is sometimes claimed to be a post-feminist era.
     
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  37. Cognition and Eros: A Critique of the Kantian Paradigm. [REVIEW]Cynthia Willett - 1991 - International Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):137-138.
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  38. Ethics for a Layered Self.Cynthia Willett - 2015 - philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 5 (1):70-79.
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  39. Introduction.Cynthia Willett, Anthony Steinbock & Lauren Guilmette - 2012 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26 (2):79.
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    Interspecies Ethics.Cynthia Willett - 2014 - Columbia University Press.
    Interspecies Ethics explores animals' vast capacity for agency, justice, solidarity, humor, and communication across species. The social bonds diverse animals form provide a remarkable model for communitarian justice and cosmopolitan peace, challenging the human exceptionalism that drives modern moral theory. Situating biosocial ethics firmly within coevolutionary processes, this volume has profound implications for work in social and political thought, contemporary pragmatism, Africana thought, and continental philosophy. -/- Interspecies Ethics develops a communitarian model for multispecies ethics, rebalancing the overemphasis on competition (...)
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  41. Tropes of Orientation: Between Dialectic and Deconstruction.Cynthia J. Willett - 1988 - Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
    The dissertation seeks to locate a post-Hegelian response to the question of orientation. Such a response would neither return to the "totalizing drive" of dialectic nor yield to the "nihilistic gestures" of deconstruction but would traverse and transfigure both modes of thought. Part 1 isolates non-dialectical tropes which implicitly orient crucial transitions in Hegel's Logic, Phenomenology, and Aesthetics. Textual analyses of these tropes suggest that dialectical movement depends paradoxically upon the systematic undoing of the Hegelian demand for total knowledge. Part (...)
     
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  42. The Sting of Shame: Ridicule, Rape, and Social Bonds.Cynthia Willett - forthcoming - In Naomi Zack (ed.), Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race. Oxford University Press.
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