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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. Review of Critical Realism, Feminism and Gender: A Reader. [REVIEW]Glory Rigueros Saavedra & David Pilgrim - forthcoming - Journal of Critical Realism:1-10.
    This is a most welcome handbook arriving at a timely moment for those interested in feminism in relation to sex/gender, progressive politics and sustainability. Critical realism has been an invalua...
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  2. Louise Keralio-Robert, Virtue, Feminism, and the Problem of Fanaticism.Karen Green - 2021 - Early Modern French Studies 43 (1):106–22.
    Louise Keralio-Robert began publishing translations, novels, history, and a collection of women’s works in the decade prior to the French Revolution. She was a republican journalist during its initial stages and then, after a period of obscurity, returned to publishing translations and novels at the end of the first decade of the nineteenth century. This article offers an overview of the works produced during these three periods of her literary endeavour and defends her against the charge of having been ‘une (...)
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  3. Best Practices for Fostering Diversity in Tenure-Track Searches.Amy Olberding, Sherri Irvin & Steve Ellis - 2014 - Apa Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 13 (2):26-35.
    In this essay, we describe practices developed by the philosophy department at the University of Oklahoma to promote fair and inclusive recruitment, application review, and hiring for faculty positions.
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  4. The Rhetoric of Sexual Difference in French Reproductive Politics.Jill Drouillard - 2021 - Culture and Dialogue 2 (9):225-242.
    What kind of rhetoric frames French reproductive policy debate? Who does such policies exclude? Through an examination of the “American import” of gender studies, along with an analysis of France’s Catholic heritage and secular politics, I argue that an unwavering belief in sexual difference as the foundation of French society defines the productive reproductive citizen. Sylviane Agacinski is perhaps the most vocal public philosopher who has framed the terms of reproductive policy debate in France, building an oppositional platform to reproductive (...)
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  5. The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy.Ásta . & Kim Q. Hall (eds.) - 2021
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  6. The Responsive Diversity Worker.Amber Spence - 2021 - Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy 7.
    Often in academia, women and minorities are held to a higher standard in how they present themselves (caring, empathetic) and how they manage the emotions of colleagues and students. The emotional labour that is expected of them is well documented. In this paper, I develop a new concept to address the emotional labour of diversity workers: Responsive Diversity Work. I summarize Carla Fehr’s view of the epistemic diversity worker, develop a theory of emotional labour, and explain how the responsive diversity (...)
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  7. Un fantasma recorre el norte del Cauca: el fantasma del (los) feminismo(s). Encrucijadas del género y la investigación solidaria sobre las experiencias de violación sexual de las mujeres nasa del norte del Cauca,A ghost goes through Northern Cauca: the ghost of feminism. Crossroads of gender and collaborative research on the experiences of rape of Nasa women of northern Cauca, Colombia.Marcela Amador Ospina - 2017 - Corpus.
  8. El Feminismocomunitario: La Creación de Un Pensamiento propioCommunity Feminism: The Creation of One's Own Thinking.Julieta Paredes - 2017 - Corpus.
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  9. Women as Victims of ‘Misogyny’: Re-Centering Gender Marginalization.Xinyi Angela Zhao - 2021 - Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy 7.
    Among various views concerning the nature of womanhood, one kind of divergence between the materialist and the pluralist account centres on whether a woman should be defined or identified based on her typical female biological features. The former treats “woman” as the social meaning of the biological female, while the latter insists that one can be a woman in virtue of their internal identity without also having the normatively associated biological features. In this paper, I argue against the latter view (...)
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  10. The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. [REVIEW]Jean Kazez - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 95:109-112.
  11. Infrahumanisms: Science, Culture, and the Making of Modern Non/Personhood by Megan H. Glick.Joshua Stein - 2021 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 14 (2):191-196.
    The infrahuman speaks to a vast network of thought surrounding the politics of race, nation, and embodiment that had already begun to rise within U.S. public culture by the late nineteenth century.I therefore reappropriate and rehabilitate the infrastructure in a way that pays homage both to its historical moment and to its lasting impact on hierarchies of evolution, hybrid speciation, dehumanization, and conditions of inequality.This project is, to borrow a word sometimes used derisively, “ambitious.” The excavation and refurbishment of concepts (...)
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  12. Avortement.Lynda Gaudemard - 2021 - L’Encyclopédie Philosophique.
    For L’encyclopédie Philosophique (online).
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  13. Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in Frankenstein.Eileen Hunt Botting - 2017 - Philadelphia, PA, USA: University of Pennsylvania.
    From her youth, Mary Shelley immersed herself in the social contract tradition, particularly the educational and political theories of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as well as the radical philosophies of her parents, the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the anarchist William Godwin. Against this background, Shelley wrote Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818. In the two centuries since, her masterpiece has been celebrated as a Gothic classic and its symbolic resonance has driven the global success of its (...)
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Situating Depression Memoirs' Effects Deeper Inside Our Biology and Further Outward Within Circuits of Culture: Exploring the Roles of Antidepressants and Pharmaceutical Marketing.Ginger A. Hoffman & Jennifer L. Hansen - 2017 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 24 (4):307-312.
    A primary intention of our original manuscript was to provide examples of both harmful and helpful influences of one cultural artifact—depression memoirs—on who female readers take their selves to be, and who they may actually end up being. Bradley Lewis beautifully articulated our strategy as “chart[ing] out … conflicting vectors” : that is, delineating select examples of how certain outer narratives conveyed in depression memoirs may kindle sexist and sanist modes of being. Our hope was that making these vectors explicit (...)
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  21. 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.
  22. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.Judith Butler & Suzanne Pharr - 1990 - Hypatia 5 (3):171-175.
  23. Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology. Margaret D. Lowman.Leslie J. Burlingame - 2001 - Isis 92 (1):235-236.
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  24. Review: Donna Haraway: Modest[email protected]_Millenium. FemaleMan©_MeetsOnceMouse™. Feminism and Technoscience.Walltraud Ernst - 1998 - Die Philosophin 9 (18):111-116.
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  25. Review: Gesa Lindemann: Die Grenzen des Sozialen. Zur sozio-technischen Konstruktion von Leben und Tod in der Intensivmedizin.Ulle Jäger - 2005 - Die Philosophin 16 (31):84-88.
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  26. Review: Tatjana Schönwälde-Kuntze, Sabine Heel, Claudia Wendel, Katrin Wille (Hg.): Störfall Gender. Grenzdiskussion in und zwischen den Wissenschaften.Ute Frietsch - 2005 - Die Philosophin 16 (31):101-103.
  27. Review: Jutta Weber: Umkämpfte Bedeutungen. Naturkonzepte im Zeitalter der Techoscience.Susanne Lettow - 2005 - Die Philosophin 16 (31):91-93.
  28. Phenomenology of the Event: Waiting and Surprise.Françoise Dastur - 2000 - Hypatia 15 (4):178-189.
    How, asks Françoise Dastur, can philosophy account for the sudden happening and the factuality of the event? Dastur asks how phenomenology, in particular the work of Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, may be interpreted as offering such an account. She argues that the “paradoxical capacity of expecting surprise is always in question in phenomenology,” and for this reason, she concludes, “We should not oppose phenomenology and the thinking of the event. We should connect them; openness to phenomena must be identified with (...)
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  29. Philosophizing Crossdressers; or, Who Does What Things with Which Words?Gudrun Klein - 1994 - Hypatia 9 (3):163-182.
  30. 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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  31. 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.
  32. Body Aesthetics.Sherri Irvin (ed.) - 2016 - Oxford University Press.
    The body is a rich object for aesthetic inquiry. We aesthetically assess both our own bodies and those of others, and our felt bodily experiences have aesthetic qualities. The body features centrally in aesthetic experiences of visual art, theatre, dance and sports. It is also deeply intertwined with one's identity and sense of self. Artistic and media representations shape how we see and engage with bodies, with consequences both personal and political. This volume contains sixteen original essays by contributors in (...)
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Desire the Politics of Sexuality.Ann Barr Snitow, Christine Stansell & Sharon Thompson - 1984
  36. The Sexuality Debates.Sheila Jeffreys - 1987 - Routledge Kegan & Paul.
  37. The Progress of Romance the Politics of Popular Fiction.Jean Radford - 1986
  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. Gênero Sem Fronteiras: Oito Olhares Sobre Mulheres E Relações de Gênero.Mônica Raisa Schpun - 1997
  43. Flying.Kate Millett - 1975
  44. Madame de Villeneuve the Author of 'la Belle Et la Bete' and Her Literary Legacy.Barbara Rosemarie Latotzky Cooper - 1985 - University of Georgia.
  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. The New Feminist Tarot.Jean Freer - 1987 - Harpercollins.
  50. 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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