Feminist Philosophy

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Assistant editors: Rachel Katherine Cooper, Anna Klieber
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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 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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  1. Reply to Imbrišević: Moving Outside the Bubble of Gender Critical Feminism.Michael Burke - forthcoming - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy:1-17.
    ABSTRACT Despite the claim in Miroslav Imbrišević’s paper about differences between the positions of Jon Pike and myself, there are also significant overlaps. I endorsed the WR consultative process that Jon was part of, agreed that Jon had produced a compelling argument, and agreed with the lexical framework of the argument. Miroslav’s major contentions with my argument appears to be that it dresses up patriarchal outcomes in feminist clothes, and that it ignores the voices of women [athletes] in coming to (...)
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  2. Feminism and Pornography: Discussion Review.Robert K. Fullinwider - 1983 - Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly 3 (4):12.
  3. Feminism and Agency.Tracy Isaacs - 2002 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 28:129-154.
    Given conditions of oppression presupposed by a feminist understanding of social structures, feminist agency is paradoxical. I am going to understand feminist agency as women's ability to be effective agents against their own oppression. The paradox of feminist agency arises because feminist assumptions about women's socialization seem to entail that women's agency is compromised by sexist oppression. In particular, women's agency appears to be diminished in ways that interfere with their capacity for feminist action, that is, action against sexist oppression.Feminist (...)
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  4. Feminism, Friendship, and Philosophy.Diane Jeske - 2002 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 28:63-82.
    In recent years, more and more philosophical work has come to be done under the rubric of ‘feminist philosophy.’ In particular, more and more work in philosophical ethics has come to be identified by both those who produce it and those who read it as within the domain of ‘feminist ethics.’ As a philosophical ethicist and a feminist, the question naturally arises as to whether I do feminist ethics. The question seems particularly natural in my case, because a great deal (...)
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  5. Feminism, Speaking for Others, and the Role of the Philosopher.Linda Martin Alcoff - 2020 - Stance 9 (1):85-105.
    Article published in Stance by Linda Martin Alcoff.
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  6. Gina Schouten, Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor. [REVIEW]David O’Brien - 2021 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 18 (5):542-545.
  7. Positive Liberty, Feminism and Disability.Nancy Hirschmann - 2021 - In John Philip Christman (ed.), Positive Freedom: Past, Present, and Future. Cambridge University Press.
  8. Taking Feminism Seriously in Political Science : A Cross-Disciplinary Dialog.Laci Hubbard-Mattix Season Hoard, G. Mazur Amy & Samantha Noll - 2022 - In Harold Kincaid & Jeroen van Bouwel (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Political Science. Oxford University Press.
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  9. Feel-Bad Postfeminism: Impasse, Resilience and Female Subjectivity in Popular Culture.Catherine McDermott - 2022 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    In Feel-Bad Postfeminism, Catherine McDermott provides crucial insight into what growing up during empowerment postfeminism feels like, and outlines the continuing postfeminist legacy of resilience in girlhood coming-of-age narratives. McDermott's analysis of Gone Girl, Girls and Appropriate Behaviour illuminates a major cultural turn in which the pleasures of postfeminist empowerment curdle into a profound sense of rage and resentment. By contrast, close examination of The Hunger Games, Girlhood and Catch Me Daddy reveals that contemporary genres are increasingly constructing girls as (...)
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  10. Mi Herida Existi?A Antes Que Yo: Feminismo y Cri?Tica de la Diferencia Sexual.Laura Llevadot - 2022 - Barcelona: Tusquets Editores.
    Este ensayo analiza los riesgos y encrucijadas a que se enfrentan los distintos discursos feministas de un tiempo a esta parte. Es difícil sustraerse tanto a la tentación del victimismo como a la de una historia monumentalista de grandes heroínas, y también resulta complicado evitar pensar en una esencia femenina constituida y atravesada por unos «patrones de dominación», en palabras de Simone de Beauvoir. Más allá de códigos, prejuicios y dogmas, el libro de Laura Llevadot establece un ilustrador mapa del (...)
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  11. From the Will to Race to Hygienic Feminism: Race, State, Habit.Tamsin Kimoto - 2022 - In Rick Elmore & Ege Selin Islekel (eds.), The Biopolitics of Punishment: Derrida and Foucault. Northwestern University Press.
  12. When Reason Does Not See You: Feminism at the Intersection of History and Philosophy.Hannah Dawson - 2023 - In Richard Bourke & Quentin Skinner (eds.), History in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
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  13. Conjure Feminism: Toward a Genealogy.Kinitra Brooks, Kameelah L. Martin & LaKisha Simmons - 2021 - Hypatia 36 (3):452-461.
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  14. Mary Hays's “Female Biography”: Collective Biography as Enlightenment Feminism Mary Spongberg and Gina Luria Walker (Editors). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019.Sarah Hutton - 2021 - Hypatia 36 (4).
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  15. Deconstruction, Feminism, Film Sarah Dillon. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.Lori J. Marso - 2021 - Hypatia 36 (4).
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  16. Women's Liberation and the Sublime: Feminism, Postmodernism Environment by Bonnie Mann.Christine Battersby - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):227-230.
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  17. Feminism Is Back in France—Or Is It?Michèle le Dœuff - 2000 - Hypatia 15 (4):243-255.
    Michèle Le Dœuff discusses the revival of feminism in France, including the phenomenon of state-sponsored feminism, such as government support for “parity”: equal numbers of women and men in government. Le Dœuff analyzes the strategically patchy application of this revival and remains wary about it. Turning to the work of seventeenth-century philosopher Gabrielle Suchon, Le Dœuff considers her concepts of freedom, servitude, and active citizenship, which may well, she argues, have influenced Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Le Dœuff favorably juxtaposes the active citizenship (...)
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  18. Defensiveness and Identity.Audrey Yap & Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa - forthcoming - Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
    Criticism can sometimes provoke defensive reactions, particularly when it implicates identities people hold dear. For instance, feminists told they are upholding rape culture might become angry or upset, since the criticism conflicts with an identity that is important to them. These kinds of defensive reactions are a primary focus of this paper. What is it to be defensive in this way, and why do some kinds of criticism, or implied criticism, tend to provoke this kind of response? What are the (...)
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  19. Justice for Millionaires?James Christensen, Tom Parr & David V. Axelsen - 2022 - Economics and Philosophy 38 (3):333-353.
    In recent years, much public attention has been devoted to the existence of pay discrepancies between men and women at the upper end of the income scale. For example, there has been considerable discussion of the ‘Hollywood gender pay gap’. We can refer to such discrepancies as cases of millionaire inequality. These cases generate conflicting intuitions. On the one hand, the unequal remuneration involved looks like a troubling case of gender injustice. On the other, it’s natural to feel uneasy when (...)
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  20. Feminism as an Antiwar Strategy and Practice: The Case of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.Veronika L. Sharova - forthcoming - Studies in East European Thought.
  21. Not Just “Bodies with Vaginas”: A Kantian Defense of Pelvic Exam Consent Laws.Samantha L. Seybold - 2022 - Bioethics 36 (9):940-947.
    Medical students commonly learn how to administer pelvic exams by practicing on unconscious patients, often without first obtaining explicit consent from patients to do so. While twenty-one states currently have laws that require teaching hospitals to obtain consent from patients to participate in this educational experience, opposition from the medical community has stymied legislative progress. In this paper, I respond to the two most common reasons offered to oppose legislation, which appeal to (1) the educational benefits of these exams, or (...)
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  22. Indigenous Feminist Philosophy in Idle No More: Theorizing the Space-Time of Canada’s Settler Colonial Politics and Alternative Decolonial Imaginaries.Cara Melodie Peacock - 2022 - Dissertation, University of Calgary
    In this thesis, I explore Indigenous feminist philosophy from the ground up through a case study of Indigenous women’s political organizing through Idle No More. Specifically, I examine the ways in which Indigenous feminist resistance in INM identifies a spatiotemporal configuration of both Canadian settler state politics and decolonial alternatives. To do so, I use state, media, and public responses, rhetoric, and actions that emerged in response to the Idle No More movement, as well as the actions, rhetoric, written works, (...)
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  23. Chloë Taylor, Foucault, Feminism and Sex Crimes: An Anti-Carceral Analysis. New York, and London: Routledge, 2019. Pp. 272. [REVIEW]Kurt Borg - 2022 - Foucault Studies 32:82-88.
  24. The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy.Kim Q. Hall & Ásta (eds.) - 2021 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    This exciting new Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the contemporary state of the field. The editors’ introduction and forty-five essays cover feminist critical engagements with philosophy and adjacent scholarly fields, as well as feminist approaches to current debates and crises across the world. Authors cover topics ranging from the ways in which feminist philosophy attends to other systems of oppression, and the gendered, racialized, and classed assumptions embedded in philosophical concepts, to feminist perspectives on prominent subfields of philosophy. The (...)
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  25. FRICKER, M.; HORNSBY, J. (Eds), Feminism in Philosophy, Cambridge University, Cambridge, 2000, 280 Págs; Feminismo y Filosofía. Un Compendio, Idea Books, Barcelona, 2001, 301 Pp. [REVIEW]Carlos Ortiz de Landázuri - 2003 - Anuario Filosófico:511-512.
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  26. Ameliorating Algorithmic Bias, or Why Explainable AI Needs Feminist Philosophy.Linus Ta-Lun Huang, Hsiang-Yun Chen, Ying-Tung Lin, Tsung-Ren Huang & Tzu-wei Hung - forthcoming - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.
    Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are increasingly adopted to make decisions in domains such as business, education, healthcare, and criminal justice. However, such algorithmic decision systems can have prevalent biases against marginalized social groups and undermine social justice. Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) is a recent development aiming to make an AI system’s decision processes less opaque and to expose its problematic biases. This paper argues against Technical XAI, according to which the detection and interpretation of algorithmic bias can be handled more (...)
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  27. Féminisme épidermique et utopie viscérale: signes, symboles, et archétypes.Michel Weber - 2020 - [Louvain-la-Neuve]: Les Éditions Chromatika.
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  28. Pour un féminisme universel.Martine Storti - 2020 - Paris: Éditions du Seuil.
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  29. Gândul umbrei: abordări feministe în filozofie.Mihaela Miroiu - 2020 - Iași: Polirom.
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  30. El patriarcado no existe más.Roxana Kreimer - 2020 - Buenos Aires, Argentina: Galerna.
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  31. Filozofkinje: ogledi iz feminističke fillozofije.Milena Karapetrović - 2020 - Banja Luka: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Banjoj Luci.
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  32. Teoria feminista e produção de conhecimento situado: ciências humanas, biológicas, exatas e engenharias.Miriam Pillar Grossi, Caterina Rea & Betina Stefanello Lima (eds.) - 2020 - Florianópolis: Editora Devires.
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  33. Intersectional Chicana Feminisms: Sitios y Lenguas.Aída Hurtado - 2020 - Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.
    This manuscript introduces the reader to Chicana feminisms as a field of study. The focus is on providing an overview to prepare the reader to pursue more specific areas and authors within Chicana feminisms. It provides an overview of the field of Chicana feminisms, tracing the historical origins of Chicanas' efforts to bring attention to the effects of gender in Chicana and Chicano studies; highlights the innovative and pathbreaking methodologies developed within the field of Chicana feminisms, such as testimonio, conocimiento, (...)
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  34. El mundo que necesitamos: Donna Haraway dialoga con Marta Segarra.Donna Jeanne Haraway - 2020 - Barcelona: Icaria Editorial.
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  35. Women Don't Owe You Pretty.Florence Given - 2020 - Kansas City, MO ;: Andrews McMeel Publishing.
    Feminism is going to ruin your life--in the best way possible--because society screams numerous messages every moment about how women must look, act, and speak in order to earn their right to be seen and heard. The only thing any human needs to do in order to earn their right to exist, however, is to exist. Break free of the insidious narratives that hold you back from being your most authentic self.
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  36. Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis.Nancy Fraser - 2013 - Brooklyn, NY: Verso Books.
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  37. Ser feministas: pensamiento y acción.Alicia H. Puleo & Verónica Perales (eds.) - 2020 - [Valencia]: Universitat de València.
    Pensamiento y acción se unen y refuerzan mutuamente en el feminismo. Las consignas escritas de las pancartas y coreadas en las manifestaciones y los textos de las teóricas no son mundos separados. Por el contrario, son dos formas de la fuerza transformadora del mundo que llamamos feminismo. ¿Qué puede ser mejor para festejar los 30 años de la Colección Feminismos que un libro aniversario en el que más de 40 autoras y autores de reconocido prestigio reflexionan a partir de lemas (...)
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  38. Matters of Feminist Practice.Karla Kelsey & Poupeh Missaghi (eds.) - 2020 - Brooklyn, New York: Belladonna Series.
    Matters of Feminist Practice is a print anthology that brings together scholars, writers, and artists of different age groups, identities, and languages from around the world to expand our imaginations and conversations surrounding feminist theories and practices. In the twenty-five scholarly and creative-critical pieces included in this volume, each contributor brings unique visions, insights, approaches, voices, and forms to our collective subject. They also share suggested texts, inviting in a lineage of thinkers with whom they've been in conversation, expanding this (...)
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  39. Feminist Connections: Rhetoric and Activism Across Time, Space, and Place.Katherine Fredlund, Kerri Hauman & Jessica Ouellette (eds.) - 2020 - Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press.
    Highlights feminist rhetorical practices that disrupt and surpass boundaries of time and space.
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  40. Schwarze Weiblich*keiten: intersektionale Perspektiven auf Bildungs- und Subjektivierungsprozesse.Denise Bergold-Caldwell - 2020 - Bielefeld: Transcript.
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  41. Feminist and Queer Theory: An Intersectional and Transnational Reader.L. Ayu Saraswati - 2020 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    This is a feminist theory reader for college and graduate school level students.
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  42. A Feminist Theory for Our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban.Linda Peake - 2021 - Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
    In this book, as feminist, Marxist, postcolonial, and queer scholars, we argue that social reproduction is foundational to comprehending urbanization and urban transformations by contributing to the feminist project of writing social reproduction and everyday life into urban theory." Social reproduction is, of course, not just an analytical framing but also an organising call for feminist scholars and our contention is that if we want an urban theory for our time, it needs to be feminist. Feminism is not simply a (...)
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  43. Philosophising Experiences and Vision of the Female Body, Mind, and Soul: Historical Context and Contemporary Theory.Maxwell C. C. Musingafi - 2021 - Hershey PA: Information Science Reference.
    This authored book provides an overview and introduction to the study of feminist theory and practice in the social sciences, providing a starting point for further and more advanced study of the nexus of feminism, gender and development.
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  44. A Feminist Theory of Refusal.Bonnie Honig - 2021 - Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
    Bonnie Honig invigorates debate over the politics of refusal by insisting that withdrawal from unjust political systems be matched with collective action to change them. Historical and fictional characters from Muhammad Ali to the Bacchants of ancient Greek tragedy teach us how to turn rejection into transformative efforts toward self-governance.
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  45. Feminismos revolucionarios: hacia una teoría materialista del capitalismo patriarco-colonial.Julia Expósito - 2021 - [Vicente López?, Argentina]: Rededitorial.com.ar.
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  46. Théoriser en féministe.Anaïs Choulet-Vallet (ed.) - 2021 - Paris: Hermann.
    Il est indéniable que les féministes théorisent, et que leurs théorisations participent à transformer le monde. Mais peut-on--et doit-on--qualifier cette activité théorique? Bien que les théories féministes partagent une visée politique émancipatrice, chercher à définir ce que signifie théoriser en féministe, c'est prendre le risque de masquer la pluralité des situations et des concepts. Dès lors, comment prendre en charge la diversité des contextes qui se trouvent derrière les connaissances? Ne doit-on pas interroger ce que cette question--à la portée pourtant (...)
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  47. FéminiSpunk: le monde est notre terrain de jeu.Christine Aventin - 2021 - Paris: Zones.
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  48. Women's Liberation!: Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution & Still Can.Alix Kates Shulman & Honor Moore (eds.) - 2021 - New York: A Library of America.
    When Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique in 1963, the book exploded into women's consciousness. Before the decade was out, what had begun as a campaign for women's civil rights transformed into a diverse and revolutionary movement for freedom and social justice that challenged many aspects of everyday life long accepted as fixed: work, birth control and abortion, childcare and housework, gender, class, and race, art and literature, sexuality and identity, rape and domestic violence, sexual harassment, pornography, and more. This (...)
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  49. Plural Sovereignty and la Familia Diversa in Ecuador's 2008 Constitution.Cricket Keating & Amy Lind - 2021 - In Ashwini Tambe & Millie Thayer (eds.), Transnational feminist itineraries: situating theory and activist practice. Duke University Press.
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  50. Mozambican Feminisms : Between the Local and the Global.Isabel Maria Cortesão Casimiro & Catarina Casimiro Trindade - 2021 - In Ashwini Tambe & Millie Thayer (eds.), Transnational feminist itineraries: situating theory and activist practice. Duke University Press.
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