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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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  1. Supreme Confusion About Causality at the Supreme Court.Robin Dembroff & Issa Kohler-Hausmann - forthcoming - CUNY Law Review.
    Twice in the 2020 term, in Bostock and Comcast, the Supreme Court doubled down on the reasoning of “but-for causation” to interpret antidiscrimination statutes. According to this reasoning, an outcome is discriminatory because of some status—say, sex or race—just in case the outcome would not have occurred “but-for” the plaintiff’s status. We think this reasoning embeds profound conceptual errors that render the decisions deeply confused. Furthermore, those conceptual errors tend to limit the reach of antidiscrimination law. In this essay, we (...)
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  2. Salience Perspectives.Ella Whiteley - 2019 - Dissertation, Cambridge University
    In the philosophy of language and epistemology, debates often centre on what content a person is communicating, or representing in their mind. How that content is organised, along dimensions of salience, has received relatively little attention. I argue that salience matters. Mere change of salience patterns, without change of content, can have dramatic implications, both epistemic and moral. Imagine two newspaper articles that offer the same information about a subject, but differ in terms of what they headline. These articles can (...)
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  3. Why We Shouldn't Compare Transracial to Transgender Identity.Robin Dembroff & Dee Payton - 2020 - Boston Review.
    Unlike gender inequality, racial inequality primarily accumulates across generations. In this article, Dembroff and Payton argue that transracial identification undermines collective reckoning with that injustice.
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  4. Why Be Nonbinary?Robin Dembroff - 2018 - Aeon.
    In this article, Dembroff argues that the category nonbinary should not be understood in terms of presentation or psychological states, but instead in terms of how its members are politically situated with respect to the binary expectations of Western gender ideology.
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  5. On the Possibility of Feminist Philosophy of Physics.Maralee Harrell - 2016 - In Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science. New York, NY, USA: pp. 15-34.
    The dynamic nature of physics cannot be captured through an exclusive focus on the static mathematical formulations of physical theories. Instead, we can more fruitfully think of physics as a set of distinctively social, cognitive, and theoretical/methodological practices. An emphasis on practice has been one of the most notable aspects of the recent “naturalistic turn” in general philosophy of science, in no small part due to the arguments of many feminist philosophers of science. A major project of feminist philosophy of (...)
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  6. La Conversation des sexes: Philosophie du consentement.Manon Garcia - forthcoming - Paris, France: Flammarion.
    L’affaire Weinstein et le mouvement #MeToo ont mis la question des violences sexuelles au premier plan. Depuis, le consentement renvoie naturellement au consentement sexuel et amoureux, envisagé comme un sésame de l’égalité entre femmes et hommes. Pourtant, il est bien difficile à définir, et soulève trois problèmes. Le problème juridique, bien connu de celles et ceux qui suivent l’actualité, peut être résumé ainsi: que faire pour que les cas de viol, d’agression et de harcèlement sexuels soient efficacement punis ? Le (...)
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  7. Book Review: The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development by Kathryn Moeller. [REVIEW]Jacqueline Potvin - 2021 - Feminist Review 129 (1):151-153.
  8. Indisciplinades: una breu missiva sobre filòsofes feministes del Japó del segle XX.Montserrat Crespin Perales - 2021 - Compàs D'Amalgama 4:63-67.
    El procés de modernització que va viure el Japó en el tombant dels segles xix i xx va obrir un important debat sobre la situació de les dones, abordat des de plantejaments feministes diversos i en contrast amb el model reformista que perseguia renovar la moral nacional des d’una instrumentalització dels drets de les dones.
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  9. Joycean Hermeneutics and the Tyranny of Hidden Prejudice.Magnus Ferguson - 2021 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (1):153-164.
    In order to revise interpretive prejudgments, it is important to first recognize them for what they are. Problematically, the habitual overreliance on deficient prejudgments can make such recognition difficult. An impasse appears: How can one intervene on deficient interpretive resources if those very same resources conceal their deficiencies? I analyze James Joyce’s short story “The Dead,” in which the protagonist Gabriel is highly resistant to internalizing experiences that might otherwise prompt him to revise his interpretive projections. I argue that Gabriel (...)
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  10. Are We the 99%? The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality.[author unknown] - 2021
  11. Book Review: Are We the 99%? The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality by Heather McKee Hurwitz. [REVIEW]Eileen M. Otis - 2021 - Gender and Society 35 (6):1003-1005.
  12. Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry.Sophie Archer (ed.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Caroline Schlegel-Schelling y Rahel Levin Varnhagen: Repensar el papel de lo femenino para una cultura duradera.Catalina Elena Dobre - 2018 - Journal of Philosophical Criticism 1 (1):46-70.
    En el contexto en el cual la ideología de género e implícito lo femenino se ha vuelto un tema que preocupa, nos proponemos una reflexión sobre cómo deberíamos entender el papel de lo femenino en nuestra sociedad contemporánea, en relación al estudio de las vidas y las ideas de dos mujeres importantes para la cultura alemana de final de siglo XVIII e inicio del siglo XIX: Caroline Schlegel y Rahel Levin Varnhagen. Cuando hablamos de pensamiento femenino, tenemos que tener una (...)
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  17. La inocencia del origen: Continuum materno, parto y libertad.María José Binetti - 2018 - Journal of Philosophical Criticism 1 (1):5-30.
    La conciencia falogocéntrica se funda en el a priori incondicional de carácter ético-metafísico que sostiene la criminalización universal del ser como efecto de una culpa o caída original. Nacer supone para esta conciencia un pecado y la realidad material representa para ella un lugar de exilio, extrañeza y alienación. Sin embargo, cuando uno retrocede sobre la protohistoria de la conciencia humana, sorprende la determinación de integridad y sacralidad que el pensamiento primitivo le atribuye a lo real. Para la conciencia primitiva, (...)
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  18. Book Review: La Voix Et la Vertu. Variétés du Perfectionnisme Moral, Edited by Sandra LaugierLa Voix Et la Vertu. Variétés du Perfectionnisme Moral, Edited by LaugierSandra. Paris: PUF, 2010, 537 Pp. [REVIEW]Estelle Ferrarese - 2015 - Political Theory 43 (4):563-566.
  19. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.Judith Butler & Suzanne Pharr - 1990 - Hypatia 5 (3):171-175.
  20. Philosophizing Crossdressers; or, Who Does What Things with Which Words?Gudrun Klein - 1994 - Hypatia 9 (3):163-182.
  21. Anna Julia Cooper: "Dedicated in the Name of My Slave Mother to the Education of Colored Working People".Cathryn Bailey - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (2):56-73.
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  22. Book Review: Jane Flax. The American Dream in Black and White: The Clarence Thomas Hearings. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. [REVIEW]Leslie Francis - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (3):232-235.
  23. Historical Dictionary of Thailand, 3rd Ed. Edited by GeraldFry, GaylaNieminen,andHaroldSmith. Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. Lanham, Md. : ScarecrowPress, Rowman& Littlefield, 2013. Pp. Xlviii + 662. $140, £90 ; $139.99, £85. [REVIEW]Justin McDaniel - 2014 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 134 (4):746-748.
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  24. Harmful Sexual Practices and Gender Conceptions in Kwazulu-Natal and Their Effects on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.Rena Rauch - unknown
    Thesis --University of Stellenbosch, 2003.
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  25. Desire the Politics of Sexuality.Ann Barr Snitow, Christine Stansell & Sharon Thompson - 1984
  26. The Sexuality Debates.Sheila Jeffreys - 1987 - Routledge Kegan & Paul.
  27. The Progress of Romance the Politics of Popular Fiction.Jean Radford - 1986
  28. Beauty in Disarray.Harumi Setouchi & Sanford Goldstein - 1993 - Tuttle Publishing.
    Setouchi was eminently qualified to write this historical novel on women's liberation in Japan, which had its roots in sexual politics, socialism, and anarchism, movements in decline following the famous massacre after the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and neighboring prefectures on September 1, 1923. Among those put to death in the frenzied and prejudicial aftermath of the quake was Noe Ito, the heroine of Beauty in Disarray. Was Ito a selfless "new woman" or a selfish hedonist, a rare (...)
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  29. Le Corbusier: Architect and Feminist.Flora Samuel - 2004 - Academy Press.
    This is a revealing book which, for the first time, investigates the central influence of feminism in the work of Le Corbusier; one of the most important and revered architects of all time. The text covers Le Corbusier’s upbringing and training and sets this in the context of the cultural atmosphere of his time, covering issues of gender and religion. It reveals aspects of his private life such as personal relationships, which have barely been explored before as no biography currently (...)
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  30. Female Spectacle the Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism.Susan A. Glenn - 2000
    When the French actress Sarah Bernhardt made her first American tour in 1880, the term "feminism" had not yet entered our national vocabulary. But over the course of the next half-century, a rising generation of daring actresses and comics brought a new kind of woman to center stage. Exploring and exploiting modern fantasies and fears about female roles and gender identity, these performers eschewed theatrical convention and traditional notions of womanly modesty. They created powerful images of themselves as ambitious, independent, (...)
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  31. New Perspectives on Margaret Laurence: Poetic Narrative, Multiculturalism, and Feminism.Greta Margaret Coger & Greta Margaret Kay McCormick Avery-Coger - 1996 - Greenwood.
    Nearly all of Laurence's works from Africa and Canada are critiqued in this volume which highlights Laurence's innovative narrative styles, her use of multicultural oral literary methods, and the importance of her female protagonists.
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  32. Gênero Sem Fronteiras: Oito Olhares Sobre Mulheres E Relações de Gênero.Mônica Raisa Schpun - 1997
  33. Flying.Kate Millett - 1975
  34. Madame de Villeneuve the Author of 'la Belle Et la Bete' and Her Literary Legacy.Barbara Rosemarie Latotzky Cooper - 1985 - University of Georgia.
  35. The Veiled Garvey the Life & Times of Amy Jacques Garvey.Ula Y. Taylor - 2002 - Univ of North Carolina Press.
    The first full accounting of the life of the ground-breaking black nationalist and champion of women's rights focuses on the great advocate for Pan-African freedom who married Marcus Garvey in 1922 and embarked on a lifetime of agitating for the rights of people of African descent.
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  36. Ambiguous Discourse: Feminist Narratology and British Women Writers.Kathy Mezei - 1996 - Univ of North Carolina Press.
    Carefully melding theory with close readings of texts, the contributors to Ambiguous Discourse explore the role of gender in the struggle for narrative control of specific works by British writers Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Angela.
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  37. Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920.Mary E. Odem - 1995 - Univ of North Carolina Press.
    Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920.
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  38. All-American Girl the Ideal of Real Womanhood in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America.Frances B. Cogan - 1989 - University of Georgia Press.
    Argues that most nineteenth century American women were neither helpless victims nor radical political activists, and discusses education, marriage, and work.
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  39. The New Feminist Tarot.Jean Freer - 1987 - Harpercollins.
  40. Women, Class, and Education.Jane Thompson - 2000 - Psychology Press.
    Making use of theory, reflection, narrativity and auto/biographical writing, this book forms an accessible understanding of what learning means and what education can contribute to the struggles of working class women.
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  41. The End of Manhood: Parables on Sex and Selfhood.John Stoltenberg - 2000 - Psychology Press.
    In this follow-up to Refusing to be a Man, the author discusses new perspectives on intimacy, gender and violence as well as re-examining ideas of manhood and gender identity in general.
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  42. Places in the World a Person Could Walk: Family, Stories, Home, and Place in the Texas Hill Country.David Syring - 2000
    This book tells the story of what the Hill Country of Texas has meant as a homeplace to the author, his family, longtime residents and to newcomers to the area.
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  43. Access to Origins: Affines, Ancestors, and Aristocrats.Mary W. Helms - 1998 - University of Texas Press.
    In many non-industrial, non-Western societies, power and prestige are closely linked to the extent of an individual's or group's perceived connection to the supernatural realm, which also explains and validates tangible activities such as economic success, victories in war, or control over lucrative trade. Affines, ancestors, and aristocrats, in particular, are connected to the realm of creative cosmological origins, which accords them distinctive, supernatural powers and gives them a natural and legitimate right to worldly authority. This is the hypothesis that (...)
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  44. The Failure of the Sexual Revolution.George Frankl - 1974 - Open Gate Press.
    The aims of the sexual revolution and the factors responsible for its failure are examined in this rerelease of a 1970's critical masterpiece. A discussion of European radicalism provides the foundation for understanding the underlying drives in society that led to this cultural phenomenon whose effects are still felt today. Connections between social oppression and sexual repression reveal why an attempt to change the one without changing the other was doomed to fail. The distortion and exploitation of the sexual revolution (...)
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  45. Ellen Gilchrist.Mary A. McCay - 1997
    "As a writer of novels, short stories, poetry, and journalism, Ellen Gilchrist combines the best of the Southern tradition with a unique voice that speaks to contemporary readers across the land." "With her first collection of short stories, In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, Gilchrist attained widespread critical and popular success; to date she has produced close to twenty books, including Victory over Japan, winner of the American Book Award, and Falling through Space, a compendium of her broadcast journalism for (...)
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  46. Kalandok, Lehetîos'egek.Gâabor Berâenyi - 1988
  47. The Fate of Law.Austin Sarat & Thomas R. Kearns - 1991
    Assesses the impact of intellectual and political movements of the late twentieth century on law and legal theory.
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  48. Centaurs and Amazons: Women and the Pre-History of the Great Chain of Being.Page DuBois - 1991 - University of Michigan Press.
    DIVTraces the development of the Greek hierarchical view of life that continues to permeate Western society /div.
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  49. L'adultère au Féminin Et Son Roman.Annik Houel - 1999
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  50. Going to Iran.Kate Millett - 1982 - Coward Mccann.
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