Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
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Social ethicsAddamsJaneDemocracy and social ethicsArt Forum, May 1989, 18-20 - fairly vernacular
Philosophy of mindAkinsKathleen Of sensory systems and the aboutness of mental statesPhilosophical Review, Vol. 81, No. 3, Jul., 1972
Political PhilosophyAndersonElizabeth S.What Is the Point of Equality?Philosophy of Science, 72 pp. 1232–1247 with other papers on the philosophy of race
Ethics / moral psychologyAnnas.JuliaVirtue Ethics and Social PsychologycausationJournal of Philosophy 97 (4): 235-256intermediateCollins, Hall, and Paul (eds.) _Causation and Counterfactuals_ (2004)2000
CausationAnscombeG. E. M."Causality and Determination"Philosophy and phenomenological research (80:595–637)
EthicsAnscombeG.E.M.Modern Moral PhilosophyCanadian Journal of Philosophy (30:55–84)
EpistemologyAntonyLouise"Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology"J 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).
Cultural criticismArendtHannahThe Crisis in CulturePhilosophy of Science, 61 (4): 646-657.intermediateKlee (ed.) _Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science_ (1999)1994Critique of feminist epistemology
Moral/political/"evil"ArendtHannahEichmann in JerusalemPartee and Portner (eds) /Core Readings in Semantics/ believe this was availalbe in MS only prior to collection in the Portner and Partee1983
Metaphysics/philosophy of mindBaierAnnette"Cartesian Persons"Journal of Philosophy
social and political philosophyBaierAnnetteAgainst Social Contract Understandings of JusticePhilosophy of Science, Vol. 67, No. 2., pp. 242-265. with other papers on the question of whether there are laws in biology
EpistemologyBakerJudithTrust and RationalityAntony 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.
metaphysics / philosophy of religionBakerLynnDeath and the AfterlifeIntermediateLondon, UK: Shred and Ward1963
LogicBarcanRuthThe identity of individuals in a strict functional calculus of second orderMind 104 (414):235-329 (1995)
LogicBarcanRuthA functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationIntermediate1990
LogicBarcanRuthThe deduction theorem in a functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationIntermediateLondon, UK: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 19611961
languageBarcan MarcusRuthModalities: Philosophical EssaysPhilosophical Quarterly 44: 65-73 in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
EthicsBenedictRuthThe Case for Moral Relativism \intermediateSosa and Tooley (eds.) _Causation_ (1993)1971Critique of Humean regularity theories of causation
Philosophy of MindBlackmoreSusanConsciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed.)Philosophy 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
Philosophy of artificial intelligenceBodenMargaretThe Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence (introduction to)Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 57 627–653, with other papers on the statisticalist/causalist debate
Epistemology/OntologyBordoSusanUnbearable WeightPacific Phil Quarterly 68intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1987
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsBrandPeggy ZeglinDisinterestedness and Political ArtAnalytic Philosophy 52(1)
Ethics, Metaphysics of Identity'BrisonSusanOutliving OneselfCanadian Journal of Philosophy, 1994
Political PhilosophyBrockGillianGlobal Justice: A Cosmopolitan AccountLakatos and Musgrave (eds.) _Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge_intermediate1970Influential early response to Kuhn
CausationCartwrightNancy"Causal laws and effective strategies"Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94, 279-292
Philosophy of ScienceCartwrightNancyFundamentalism vs. the Patchwork of LawsCanadian Journal of Philosophy, supplementary volume 20 (1994), pp. 21-42.intermediateCurd and Cover (eds.) _Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues_ (1998)1994
applied ethicsCassidyLisa’Starving Children in Africa’: Who Cares?Proceedings 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 MindChurchlandPatricia"Substance Dualism"Linguistics and Philosophy 1(3):337–55
Philosophy of MindChurchlandPatriciaThe Hornswoggle ProblemPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (1):85-110
feminism / race studiesCollinsPatricia HillMammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling ImagesPhilosophy 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.
applied ethicsCuddAnnJones, Leslie"Causal Laws and Effective Strategies"Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 59, (1958 - 1959), pp. 83-104
Philosophy and History of ScienceDastonLoraineoOxford UPIntermediate2005one of three monographs in feminist philosophy course
Ethics/Existentialismde BeauvoirSimoneEthics of AmbiguityThe Philosophical Quarterly 49, 471-490 in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1999
EthicsDiamondCoraEating Meat and Eating PeopleBiology and Philosophy 17: 33–53 with Beatty 1984, Chance and Natural Selection, and other readings on the concept of drift, or the statisticalist/causalist debate
Philosophy of ScienceDouglasHeatherRejecting the Ideal of Value-Free SciencePhilosophy of Science, 70 pp. 989–1001 with other papers on the concept of population in biology
Philosophy of ScienceDouglasHeather"Inductive risk and values in science"Citadel
LogicEdgingtonDorothyOn ConditionalsEthics 109: 287–337
EpistemologyElginCatherineTrue EnoughOxford University PressIntermediate2009
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsFeaginSusanooooThe Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 22-43. Intermediate2007Used as an intro to other topics in the philosophy of evolution, such as the concept of fitness, random drift, role of causation, etc.
PragmatismFollettMary ParkerCreative experienceLoux and Zimmerman (eds.) _The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics_ pp. 315-354intermediate2003Overview of theories of persistence
EthicsFootPhilippaMoral BeliefsPhilosophical Issues 14, Epistemologyintermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)2004After a semester of "S knows that p iff . . .", this article is refreshing. Elgin gets rid of the truth requirement (kind of)!
EthicsFootPhilippaThe Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect Philosophy and Public AffairsInto/Intermediate1991
EpistemologyFrickerElizabeth S.Against Gullibilityin Matilal, Chkrabarti, Knowing from Words (Kluwer)intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaMaking Populations: Bounding Genes in Space and in TimePhilosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition, Vol. 69, No. 2/3Intermediate1992Can be paired with articles on sexuality or adaptationism
Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaGroup Categories in Pharmacogenetics ResearchOxford Review 5 (1967): 5-15. Reprintred in Virtues and Vices
Phil MindGertlerBrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismHeart and MindIntro1981
Philosophy of MindGertler BrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismJournal of Philosophy (79(8): 419-439)Intro1982
EpistemologyHaackSusanA Foundherentist Theory of Empirical JustificationCreating 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.
MetaphysicsHaslangerSally"Persistence Through Time"Philosophy 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.
Philosophy of Social ScienceHaslangerSally“Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?”Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 73.2. 260-8.Intermediate1995
EpistemologyHealJaneCommon KnowledgeIn Between Past and Future
Philosophy of mindHealJaneUnderstanding other minds from the insideNous 13 (4): 419-437intermediate/advanced1979
Philosophy of LanguageHeimIreneFile change semantics and the familiarity theory of definitenessJournal of Symbolic Logic 12 (1):12-15 (1947)
EthicsHeldVirginia"Can a Random Collection of Individuals Be Morally Responsible?"Journal of Symbolic Logic 11 (1):1-16 (1946)
EthicsHeldVirginiaFeminist Moral Inquiry and the Feminist FutureJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (4):115-118 (1946)
Political PhilosophyHeldVirginia"Non-Contractual Society: A Feminist View"Psychological Science, 15 (5): 295-301IntroAllhoff, Mallon, and Nichols (eds.) _Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings_ (2013) pp. 50-59.2004
CausationHesseMaryForces and Fields: A Study of Action at a Distance in the History of Philosophy"Value-free science? Ideals and illusions", ed. Kincaid, Dupris, Wylie.Intro2007I used this reading by pairing it with SJ Gould's "Non-Overlapping Magesteria".
Philosophy of ScienceHesseMaryModels and Analogies in SciencePlease 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
race theoryhooksbellCritical Interrogation: Talking Race, Resisting RacismCalifornia 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
Philosophy of biologyHrdySarahEmpathy, polyandry and the myth of the coy femaleMetascience 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
EthicsHursthouseRosalind"Virtue Theory and Abortion"Philosophy Compass, 7: 654-64intro2012Very good overview article on the Ideal and Nonideal theory in political philosophy
EthicsHursthouseRosalindNormative Virtue EthicsNew York: Longmans, Green and co.
Philosophy of LanguageJonesConstanceA new law of thoughtUrbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002
Epistemology/Philosophy of ReligionKelemanDeborah"Are Children 'Intuitive Theists'?"Michigan Law Review Vol. 99, No. 6 with reading by Thornhill and Palmer on the evolution of rape
Philosophy of Science/EpistemologyKellerEvelyn Fox"Gender and Science"Phil & Public Affairs, Vol 14 No /1985Good for intro to ethics / applied article on the meaning of the second formulation of the CI.
Philosophy of mindKindAmyPutting the Image Back in ImaginationBiology and Philosophy 19: 577–588 in a unit on animal minds with readings by Kennedy, Keeley, and Pinker
Ethics- Care EthicsKittayEvaLove's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and DependencySouthern Journal of Philosophy;jsessionid=1E7459637822E42A0419F056869AD68B.d03t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=falseIntroAlso in Robert Larmer, Questions of Miracle1985
EthicsKorsgaardChristine"The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil"Routledge & Kegan PaulIntro or Intermediate1970Alternative to duty-based approaches to ethics or a rich account of moral psychology
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsKorsmeyerCarolynPleasure: Reflections on Aesthetics and FeminismArendt, 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 LanguageKratzerAngelikaWhat 'must' and 'can' must and can meanRoutledge Kegan PaulIntro1958
EpistemologyLackeyJenniferTestimonial knowledge and transmissionWells-Barnett, Ida B. (1892/2002). On lynchings. Ed. P.H. Collins. Amherst, NY: Humanity. Pp. 42-46. woman
EthicsLangtonRae"Duty and Desolation" (aka "Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant")Philosophical Quarterly 28(11): 116-131Intro1978
EthicsLeGuinUrsulaThe Ones Who Walked Away from OmelasNew York: Routledge, 2002Intro1949
Philosophy of MindLevinJanetFunctionalismexerpted from Churchland's _Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain_ introStump and Murray (eds.) _Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions_1986Objections to substance dualism
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethKanzi, evolution, and languageIn Ruth Bleier (ed.), Feminist Approaches to Science, pp. 119-46. New York: Pergamon. Intro and intermediateReprinted in Janet A. Kourany (ed.), The Gender of Science, pp. 171-91. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education/Prentice-Hall, 2002; reprinted in Elliott Sober (ed.), Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology, pp. 131-159. Cambridge: Bradford Books of MIT Press, 2006.1986Used 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. Also used in an intermediate class in conjunction with papers on adaptationism and Elisabeth Lloyd's work on female orgasm.
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethPre-Theoretical Assumptions in Evolutionary Explanations of Female SexualityCanadian Journal of Philosophy, supplementary volume 13 (1987), pp. 111-137.intro/intermediate1987
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethScience Gone Astray: Evolution and RapeJournal of Philosophy
Philosophy of ScienceLonginoHelenValues and ObjectivityCarolyn 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
EpistemologyMaddyPenelopeNaturalism and Common SenseSchoeman (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
Philosophy of ScienceMastermanMargaret"The Nature of a Paradigm"Reflections on Gender and Science, Yale UP, 1985Intro/Intermediate1978
Philosophy of ReligionMcCord AdamsMarilynHorrendous Evils and the Goodness of Godin 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.
EthicsMidgleyMaryTrying Out One's New SwordJournal of Philosophy 67 (14): 471-481intro/intermediate1970
Philosophy of LanguageMillikanRuthLanguage Conventions Made SimplePhilosophy and Public Affairs, 20 (3): 223-246Intro/Intermediate1991
Philosophy of mindMillikanRuthPushmi-pullyu RepresentationsPhilosophy 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.
Philosophy of biologyMillsSusanBeatty, JohnThe Propensity Interpretation of FitnessJournal of Economic Perspectives 14(3)Intro/Intermediate2000This, along with Ostrom's other work, provides some empirical background on how "commons problems" get solved.
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaAre Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct?Philosophy Compass 1/5: 493–505 survey of philosophical and psychological theories of well-being
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaNatural Selection as a Population-Level Causal ProcessPrinceton University Press Intro/Intermediate2010Used selections in Intro to Ethics
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaSkipper, Robertcould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?Faith and Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 392-423intro/intermediate1985
Philosophy of biologyMitchellSandraDimensions of Scientific Lawin _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.
EthicsMurdochIrisThe Sovereignty of GoodPhilosophia, 10, nos 3-4, 169-188. Reprinted in Postures of the Mindintro/intermediate1981used as a way of introducing social aspect of personhood/consciousness
EpistemologyNagelJenniferEpistemic IntuitionsNous 34 (1): 31-55. down to bottom of screen for Handout and PPT: (Also: in-class exercises at end of PPT)
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsNochlinLindaWhy Have There Been No Great Women Artists?Collected in /Mind, Reason, and Imagination/ (Cambridge)Intro/Intermediate1998
EthicsNussbaumMarthaNon-relative Virtuesintro/intermediate
EthicsNussbaumMarthaHiding from Humanity:
Disgust, Shame, and the Law
Chapter 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.
ethicsNussbaumMarthaJudging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital MutilationPhilosophical 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.
Ethics/Feminist PhilosophyNussbaumMarthaObjectificationStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
EthicsO'NeillOnoraBetween Consenting Adultsin 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
EthicsO'NeillOnoraThe Moral Perplexities of Famine ReliefReason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-LandauIntro/Intermediate2007
ethicsO'NeillOnoraA Simplified Account of Kant’s EthicsMind
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