Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
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AestheticsTelferElizabeth S.Food as ArtPhilosophy of Science, 72 pp. 1232–1247 with other papers on the philosophy of race
Aesthetics/EthicsWeilSimoneThe Iliad or the Poem of ForceJournal of Philosophy 97 (4): 235-256intermediateCollins, Hall, and Paul (eds.) _Causation and Counterfactuals_ (2004)2000
applied ethicsCassidyLisa’Starving Children in Africa’: Who Cares?Oxford University PressIntroductoryAdditional resources: textbook that can be used as part of an "Introduction to Philosophy" course, or for an interdisciplinary course on consciousness
applied ethicsCuddAnnJones, Leslie"Causal Laws and Effective Strategies"Canadian Journal of Philosophy, supplementary volume 13 (1987), pp. 111-137.intro/intermediate1987
CausationAnscombeG. E. M."Causality and Determination"Oxford UP2005
CausationCartwrightNancy"Causal laws and effective strategies" in her Black Feminist Thought, 2nd ed., Routledge, 2000. Pp. 69-96.
CausationHesseMaryForces and Fields: A Study of Action at a Distance in the History of PhilosophyPhilosophy and phenomenological research (80:595–637)
CausationPaulL. A."Aspect Causation"Psychological Science, 15 (5): 295-301IntroAllhoff, Mallon, and Nichols (eds.) _Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings_ (2013) pp. 50-59.2004
CausationSchulzLauraTamar Kushnir and Alison Gopnik"Learning from Doing: Intervention and Causal Inference in Children"Canadian Journal of Philosophy (30:55–84)
Cultural criticismArendtHannahThe Crisis in CultureJournal of philosophy
EpistemologyAntonyLouise"Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology"
EpistemologyBakerJudithTrust and RationalityRes Philosophica
EpistemologyElginCatherineTrue EnoughJournal of Philosophy
EpistemologyFrickerElizabeth S.Against GullibilityCarolyn Korsmeyer, ed.
Aesthetics: The Big Questions
, pp. 155–70. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998
Intro/IntermediateCarolyn Korsmeyer, ed.
Aesthetics: The Big Questions
, pp. 155–70. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998
EpistemologyHaackSusanA Foundherentist Theory of Empirical JustificationSchoeman (ed.) _Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions: New Essays in Moral Psychology_ pp. 46-62Intro/IntermediateFeinberg and Shafer-Landau (eds.) _Reason and Responsibility_ (12th edition, 2005)1988
EpistemologyHealJaneCommon KnowledgeJ Phil v. 77 151-166.intermediatePereboom, Free Will and Determinism (Hackett 2009)1980Challenging but satisfying within a course on freedom and determinism, admitted of dense inference-diagramming (modified Beardsley-style).
EpistemologyLackeyJenniferTestimonial knowledge and transmission"Value-free science? Ideals and illusions", ed. Kincaid, Dupris, Wylie.Intro2007I used this reading by pairing it with SJ Gould's "Non-Overlapping Magesteria".
EpistemologyMaddyPenelopeNaturalism and Common SensePlease note that the Bennett online version is Bennett's translation. For more scholarly uses, please consider the scholarly edition of the entire correspondence published by UChicago Press. Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes, Chicago: U Chicago Press, 2007. interaction problem for dualism; just need the first three letters really
EpistemologyNagelJenniferEpistemic IntuitionsPhilosophy of Science, 61 (4): 646-657.intermediateKlee (ed.) _Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science_ (1999)1994Critique of feminist epistemology
EpistemologyRyanSharonWisdomPartee and Portner (eds) /Core Readings in Semantics/ believe this was availalbe in MS only prior to collection in the Portner and Partee1983
EpistemologySchellenbergSusannaExperience and EvidenceJournal of Philosophy
EpistemologyStineGailSkepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive ClosurePhilosophy of Science, Vol. 67, No. 2., pp. 242-265. with other papers on the question of whether there are laws in biology
EpistemologyWilsonJessicaCould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?Antony and Witt (eds.) _A Mind of One's Own_ (1993) Intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1993Antony's piece, along with a few other interesting papers by female authors can be found in the Sosa et al anthology. I think all of those articles are now on this list and inclusion in the anthology noted. I highly recommend the anthology for intro/intermediate epistemology classes.
EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaThe Inescapability of Gettier ProblemsFaith and Philosophy vol 4 no 3, pp. 294-3031987
EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaWhat is Knowledge?Dover Thrift
Epistemology ZagzebskiLindaexcerpts from her book, Virtues of MindWhat Is Justice?: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, ed. Robert Solomon and Mark Murphy, 120-126.1999
epistemology, philosophy of mind, decision theoryPaulL. A. What Mary Can't Expect When She is ExpectingIntermediateLondon, UK: Shred and Ward1963
Epistemology/OntologyBordoSusanUnbearable Weightchapter 8 in A Companion to Applied Ethics, ed. R. G. Frey and Christopher Heath Wellman, 2005, Blackwell. Pp. 102-117.2005
Epistemology/Philosophy of ReligionKelemanDeborah"Are Children 'Intuitive Theists'?"Mind 104 (414):235-329 (1995)
EthicsDiamondCoraEating Meat and Eating PeoplePhilosophy 53: 465-479www.jstor.orgIntermdiate1978I haven't used this in teaching but I think it would work well in a class in which animal rights was discussed through readings from people like Singer.
EthicsFootPhilippaMoral BeliefsProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 59, (1958 - 1959), pp. 83-104
EthicsTessmanLisaBurdened VirtuesOxford UPIntermediate2005one of three monographs in feminist philosophy course
Ethics- Care EthicsKittayEvaLove's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and DependencyCalifornia Wild, Summer 2005 in lower division phil bio class. Part of a unit on sex and selection selection that contains readings from Charles Darwin, Sarah Hrdy, Joan Rougharden, Michael Ghiselin, and Angela Potochnik
Ethics, Metaphysics of Identity'BrisonSusanOutliving OneselfCalifornia2004
Ethics/Existentialismde BeauvoirSimoneEthics of AmbiguityReflections on Gender and Science, Yale UP, 1985Intro/Intermediate1978
Ethics/Feminist PhilosophyNussbaumMarthaObjectificationIntermediate1990
Ethics/Free WillWolfethics"Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility"IntermediateLondon, UK: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 19611961
FeminismYoungIris MarionThrowing Like a GirlArt Forum, May 1989, 18-20 - fairly vernacular
feminism / race studiesCollinsPatricia HillMammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Imagesin Daniel Dennett and His Critics, ef. B. Dahlbom (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 124-60.1993 paired it with Nagel's "What is it like to be a bat" and Dennett's Quining Qualias.
languageBarcan MarcusRuthModalities: Philosophical EssaysArguing about Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 2nd ed. Alex Neil and Aaron Ridley, Routledge, 2002. pp. 9-27
LogicBarcanRuthA functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationICS PublicationsIntroductory/Intermediate1917
EthicsThomsonJudith JarvisSelf DefensePhilosophy and Public AffairsInto/Intermediate1991
LogicBarcanRuthThe deduction theorem in a functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationNous
LogicBarcanRuthThe identity of individuals in a strict functional calculus of second orderProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 63: 297-310 available in a 1990 OUP collection, The Problem of Evil, edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams1989
EthicsFootPhilippaThe Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect Oxford Review 5 (1967): 5-15. Reprintred in Virtues and Vices
EthicsMidgleyMaryTrying Out One's New SwordHeart and MindIntro1981
EthicsWolfSusanMoral SaintsJournal of Philosophy (79(8): 419-439)Intro1982
EthicsKorsgaardChristine"The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil"Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge, 1996), Chapter 5, 133-158.Intro1996Great way to help students digest Kant, look at how a friendly amendment essay works, and engage in dialogue with Korsgaard based on their grasp of Kant's Goundwork.
EthicsRawlesKateConservation and Animal WelfarePhilosophy of the Environment, ed Chappell, 1997Intro1997As an accessible article, for intro ethics, that takes a problem-orented stance toward the tension named in her title.
LogicEdgingtonDorothyOn ConditionalsFaith and Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 392-423intro/intermediate1985
MetaphysicsHaslangerSally"Persistence Through Time"in _Aftermath_ (Princeton 2002)intro/intermediate2002In a class on personal identity. Very accessible with nice connections to Locke , though I would not use in a large class because of the trauma theme, which needs thoughtful dialogue.
MetaphysicsThomsonJudith Jarvis"Parthood and Identity Across Time"Philosophical Quarterly 44: 65-73 in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
MetaphysicsWilsonJessicaWhat is Hume's dictum, and why believe it? \intermediateSosa and Tooley (eds.) _Causation_ (1993)1971Critique of Humean regularity theories of causation
metaphysics / philosophy of religionBakerLynnDeath and the AfterlifePhilosopy and Public Affairs, Vol 24, No. 4, Autumn, 1995
Metaphysics and EthicsWolfSusanAsymmetrical FreedomPhilosophy of Science, Vol. 46, No. 2 is a classic paper on the concept of fitness, essentially required if you want to cover the topic at all
Metaphysics/Phil LanguageThomassonAmieIf We Postulated Fictional Objects, What Would They Be?Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 57 627–653, with other papers on the statisticalist/causalist debate
Metaphysics/philosophy of mindBaierAnnette"Cartesian Persons"Journal of Philosophy 80(4):201-220
Moral/political/"evil"ArendtHannahEichmann in JerusalemPhilosophical Perspective, 9, 1995, 185-200
Moral/political/"evil"WellsIda"The Malicious and Untruthful White Press"Pacific Phil Quarterly 68intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1987
PhenomenologySteinEdithOn the Problem of EmpathyAnalytic Philosophy 52(1)
PhenomenologyYoungIris MarionOn Female Body Experience."Throwing Like a Girl" and Other EssaysPhilosophical Review, Vol. 81, No. 3, Jul., 1972
Phil MindGertlerBrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismPhilosophia, 10, nos 3-4, 169-188. Reprinted in Postures of the Mindintro/intermediate1981used as a way of introducing social aspect of personhood/consciousness
Philosophy and History of ScienceDastonLoraineoNous 34 (1): 31-55. down to bottom of screen for Handout and PPT: (Also: in-class exercises at end of PPT)
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsBrandPeggy ZeglinDisinterestedness and Political ArtThe Blackwell Guide to Epistemology, John Greco and Ernest Sosa, eds. Blackwell Publishers1999
EthicsO'NeillOnoraBetween Consenting AdultsPhil & Public Affairs, Vol 14 No /1985Good for intro to ethics / applied article on the meaning of the second formulation of the CI.
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsFeaginSusanooooCollected in /Mind, Reason, and Imagination/ (Cambridge)Intro/Intermediate1998
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsKorsmeyerCarolynPleasure: Reflections on Aesthetics and FeminismMetascience 20:253–277 paper by Potochnik is part of a roundtable with the the three other authors listed; another possibility is to read the whole roundtable. Used in lower division phil bio class. Part of a unit on sex and selection selection that contains readings from Charles Darwin, Sarah Hrdy, Joan Rougharden, Michael Ghiselin, and Angela Potochnik
EthicsMurdochIrisThe Sovereignty of GoodRoutledge & Kegan PaulIntro or Intermediate1970Alternative to duty-based approaches to ethics or a rich account of moral psychology
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsNochlinLindaWhy Have There Been No Great Women Artists?Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 1994
Philosophy of artificial intelligenceBodenMargaretThe Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence (introduction to)Journal of International Women's Studies, 7(1), 84-96 2005
Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaMaking Populations: Bounding Genes in Space and in Timeintro/intermediate
Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaGroup Categories in Pharmacogenetics ResearchChapter 1 of her *Fiction and Metaphysics*, Cambridge U PressIntro/intermediateThe Kim/Korman/Sosa Metaphysics anthology (second edition)1999I paired it with Quine's "On What There Is" in an advanced undergrad metaphysics class, and used it in connection with the problem of empty names in an advanced undergrad phil language class. I wouldn't hesitate to use it in a lower-level class, as a stand-alone discussion of whether we should believe in fictional characters, and if so what they are. Students love it.
Philosophy of biologyHrdySarahEmpathy, polyandry and the myth of the coy femalePhilosophical Studies 29: 249-261 in K. DeRose and T. Warfield (eds.), Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader, OUP 19991976Any unit on contextualism in epistemology could use this as a first paper--it laid the foundations for a lot of later stuff.
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethPre-Theoretical Assumptions in Evolutionary Explanations of Female SexualityPhilosophy Compass, 7: 654-64intro2012Very good overview article on the Ideal and Nonideal theory in political philosophy
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethScience Gone Astray: Evolution and RapeNew York: Longmans, Green and co.
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethKanzi, evolution, and languageUrbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002
Philosophy of biologyMillsSusanBeatty, JohnThe Propensity Interpretation of FitnessMichigan Law Review Vol. 99, No. 6 with reading by Thornhill and Palmer on the evolution of rape
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaAre Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct?Biology and Philosophy 19: 577–588 in a unit on animal minds with readings by Kennedy, Keeley, and Pinker
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaNatural Selection as a Population-Level Causal ProcessLakatos and Musgrave (eds.) _Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge_intermediate1970Influential early response to Kuhn
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaSkipper, Robertcould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94, 279-292
Philosophy of biologyMitchellSandraDimensions of Scientific LawCanadian Journal of Philosophy, supplementary volume 20 (1994), pp. 21-42.intermediateCurd and Cover (eds.) _Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues_ (1998)1994
EthicsHeldVirginia"Can a Random Collection of Individuals Be Morally Responsible?"Journal of Philosophy 67 (14): 471-481intro/intermediate1970
EthicsHursthouseRosalind"Virtue Theory and Abortion"Philosophy and Public Affairs, 20 (3): 223-246Intro/Intermediate1991
EthicsLangtonRae"Duty and Desolation" (aka "Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant")Philosophy 67: 481-505, Ethics: Essential Reading in Moral Theory (Routledge 2012); Singer, Oxford Reader: Ethics (OUP 1994).1992Used shorter version (from Sher/Singer anthologies) as follow up to Kant. Engaging discussion of real life case. Also a great example of how to engage critically with historical texts.
EthicsOstromElinor "Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms"Journal of Economic Perspectives 14(3)Intro/Intermediate2000This, along with Ostrom's other work, provides some empirical background on how "commons problems" get solved.
EthicsTiberiusValerieWell-Being: Psychological Research for PhilosophersPhilosophy Compass 1/5: 493–505 survey of philosophical and psychological theories of well-being
EthicsWolfSusanMeaning in Life and Why It MattersPrinceton University Press Intro/Intermediate2010Used selections in Intro to Ethics
Philosophy of biologyPotochnikAngelaErika L. Milam, Roberta L. Millstein, Joan E. RoughgardenSex and sensibility: The role of social selectionProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, (N.S.), 11: 166–186Intermediate1911History of semantics: she is into the intension/extension distinction; this paper is a sequence in a famous debate with Russell (including his 'KAKD')
Philosophy of biologyRoughgardenJoanThe Myth of Sexual SelectionLinguistics and Philosophy 1(3):337–55
Philosophy of LanguageHeimIreneFile change semantics and the familiarity theory of definitenessStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy of LanguageJonesConstanceA new law of thoughtin Pojman, The Theory of Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Readings, 2nd edition (Wadsworth)intro/intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1999
Philosophy of LanguageKratzerAngelikaWhat 'must' and 'can' must and can meanSouthern Journal of Philosophy;jsessionid=1E7459637822E42A0419F056869AD68B.d03t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=falseIntroAlso in Robert Larmer, Questions of Miracle1985
Philosophy of LanguageMillikanRuthLanguage Conventions Made SimpleArendt, Hannah (1964/1983). Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil, rev. ed. New York: Penguin. Pp. 21-55, 76-77, 83-95, 105-106, 112-115, 145-147, 150, 252, 276-279, 287-298.intro1964
Philosophy of mindAkinsKathleen Of sensory systems and the aboutness of mental statesJournal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 5–6, 1996, pp. 402–8,%20The%20Hornswoggle%20Problem.htm1996
Philosophy of MindBlackmoreSusanConsciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed.)Pendle Hill Pamphlet. Mary McCarthy trans.
Philosophy of MindChurchlandPatricia"Substance Dualism"Human Studies 3.1: 137-56 IntroductoryAlso available in a 2005 OUP collection of Young's essays1980See also this PDF (unclear what the copyright is):
Philosophy of MindChurchlandPatriciaThe Hornswoggle ProblemJournal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 3, Numbers 5-6, 1 May 1996, pp. 402-408 (7),%20The%20Hornswoggle%20Problem.htmIntroductory2012
Philosophy of MindGertler BrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismReason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-LandauIntro/Intermediate2007
Philosophy of mindHealJaneUnderstanding other minds from the insideMind
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