Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
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AestheticsTelferElizabeth S.Food as ArtArguing about Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 2nd ed. Alex Neil and Aaron Ridley, Routledge, 2002. pp. 9-27
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Aesthetics/EthicsWeilSimoneThe Iliad or the Poem of ForcePendle Hill Pamphlet. Mary McCarthy trans.
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applied ethicsCassidyLisa’Starving Children in Africa’: Who Cares?Journal of International Women's Studies, 7(1), 84-96http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol7/iss1/7 2005
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applied ethicsCuddAnnJones, Leslie"Causal Laws and Effective Strategies"chapter 8 in A Companion to Applied Ethics, ed. R. G. Frey and Christopher Heath Wellman, 2005, Blackwell. Pp. 102-117.2005
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CausationHesseMaryForces and Fields: A Study of Action at a Distance in the History of PhilosophyIntermediateLondon, UK: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 19611961
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CausationAnscombeG. E. M."Causality and Determination" \intermediateSosa and Tooley (eds.) _Causation_ (1993)1971Critique of Humean regularity theories of causation
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CausationCartwrightNancy"Causal laws and effective strategies"Nous 13 (4): 419-437intermediate/advanced1979
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CausationPaulL. A."Aspect Causation"Journal of Philosophy 97 (4): 235-256intermediateCollins, Hall, and Paul (eds.) _Causation and Counterfactuals_ (2004)2000
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CausationSchulzLauraTamar Kushnir and Alison Gopnik"Learning from Doing: Intervention and Causal Inference in Children" Intro/IntermediateAllhoff, Mallon, and Nichols (eds.) _Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings_ (2013) pp. 174-189.2007
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Cultural criticismArendtHannahThe Crisis in CultureIn Between Past and Futurehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/87670611/Arendt-The-Crisis-in-Culture-1968Intermediate1968
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EpistemologyStineGailSkepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive ClosurePhilosophical Studies 29: 249-261http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00411885?LI=true#intro/intermediateReprinted 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.
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EpistemologyHealJaneCommon KnowledgePhilosophical Quarterly 28(11): 116-131Intro1978
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EpistemologyBakerJudithTrust and RationalityPacific Phil Quarterly 68intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1987
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EpistemologyAntonyLouise"Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology"Antony and Witt (eds.) _A Mind of One's Own_ (1993)http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02331805?LI=true#page-1 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.
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EpistemologyFrickerElizabeth S.Against Gullibilityin Matilal, Chkrabarti, Knowing from Words (Kluwer)intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
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EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaThe Inescapability of Gettier ProblemsPhilosophical Quarterly 44: 65-73http://bigfatgenius.com/532%20Summer%202008/Zagzebski-Inescapability_Gettier_Problems.pdfIntermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
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EpistemologyLackeyJenniferTestimonial knowledge and transmissionThe Philosophical Quarterly 49, 471-490http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/2660497intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1999
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EpistemologyHaackSusanA Foundherentist Theory of Empirical Justificationin 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
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EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaWhat is Knowledge?The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology, John Greco and Ernest Sosa, eds. Blackwell Publishers1999
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EpistemologyWilsonJessicaCould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?Canadian Journal of Philosophy (30:55–84)http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/CEDtPoA.pdfIntermediate2000
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EpistemologyElginCatherineTrue EnoughPhilosophical 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)!
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EpistemologyMaddyPenelopeNaturalism and Common SenseAnalytic Philosophy 52(1)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2153-960X.2011.00515.x/fullIntermediate2011
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EpistemologyNagelJenniferEpistemic IntuitionsPhilosophy Compass 2:6 (2007), 792-819
philpapers.org/archive/NAGEI.pdfIntroductory2012
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EpistemologySchellenbergSusannaExperience and EvidenceMindhttp://philpapers.org/rec/SCHEAE-6Intro/Intermediate2013
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EpistemologyRyanSharonWisdomStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophyhttp://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wisdom/Intro/Intermediate
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Epistemology ZagzebskiLindaexcerpts from her book, Virtues of MindSosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)intro/intermediate1996/2008I like this selection for introducing the basic ideas behind virtue epistemology.
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epistemology, philosophy of mind, decision theoryPaulL. A. What Mary Can't Expect When She is ExpectingRes Philosophicahttp://www.lapaul.org/papers/choosing-child-draft.pdfintroductory/intermediateforthcoming
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Epistemology/OntologyBordoSusanUnbearable WeightCalifornia2004
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Epistemology/Philosophy of ReligionKelemanDeborah"Are Children 'Intuitive Theists'?"Psychological Science, 15 (5): 295-301IntroAllhoff, Mallon, and Nichols (eds.) _Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings_ (2013) pp. 50-59.2004
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EthicsFootPhilippaMoral BeliefsProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 59, (1958 - 1959), pp. 83-104http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4544606?uid=3739448&uid=2&uid=3737720&uid=4&sid=21101842164141Intermediate1958
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EthicsAnscombeG.E.M.Modern Moral PhilosophyPhilosophy 33: 1-19http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/3749051Introductory/Intermediate1958
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EthicsFootPhilippaThe Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect Oxford Review 5 (1967): 5-15. Reprintred in Virtues and Viceshttp://philpapers.org/archive/FOOTPO-2.1.pdfIntro1967
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EthicsMurdochIrisThe Sovereignty of GoodRoutledge & Kegan PaulIntro or Intermediate1970Alternative to duty-based approaches to ethics or a rich account of moral psychology
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EthicsHeldVirginia"Can a Random Collection of Individuals Be Morally Responsible?"Journal of Philosophy 67 (14): 471-481intro/intermediate1970
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EthicsThomsonJudith JA defense of abortionPhilosophy and Public Affairs 1, 47-66 http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/Phil160,Fall02/thomson.htmintroductory1971
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EthicsThomsonJudith A Defense of AbortionPhilosophy and Public Affairs 2 (1971): 146-159. 1971
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EthicsLeGuinUrsulaThe Ones Who Walked Away from Omelasin her The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Harper and Rowe, pp. 275-284, 1975 (and widely anthologized elsewhere)1973
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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.
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EthicsO'NeillOnoraThe Moral Perplexities of Famine ReliefIn Matters of Life and Death, Tom Regan, ed., Temple U Press. 260-2941980
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EthicsMidgleyMaryTrying Out One's New SwordHeart and MindIntro1981
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EthicsWolfSusanMoral SaintsJournal of Philosophy (79(8): 419-439)Intro1982
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EthicsO'NeillOnoraBetween Consenting AdultsPhil & Public Affairs, Vol 14 No 3www.jstor.org/stable/2265350Intro /1985Good for intro to ethics / applied article on the meaning of the second formulation of the CI.
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ethicsThomsonJudith JThe Trolley ProblemThe Yale Law Journal, Vol. 94, No. 6 (May, 1985), pp. 1395-1415. 1985
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EthicsThomsonJudith JarvisSelf DefensePhilosophy and Public AffairsInto/Intermediate1991
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EthicsHursthouseRosalind"Virtue Theory and Abortion"Philosophy and Public Affairs, 20 (3): 223-246Intro/Intermediate1991
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EthicsLangtonRae"Duty and Desolation" (aka "Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant")Philosophy 67: 481-505http://web.mit.edu/langton/www/pubs/DutyandDesolation.pdfIntro/IntermediateSher, 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.
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EthicsRoseGillianLove's Work: A Reckoning With Life (book)1995To talk about what philosophy is, how it relates to the good life.
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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.
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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.
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EthicsWolfSusanHappiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good LifeSocial Philosophy and Policy 14 (01):207-225 1997
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ethicsNussbaumMarthaJudging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation in her Sex and Social Justice, Oxford University Press, 1999, pp. 118-129 (and anthologized elsewhere, like Reason & Responsibility)1999
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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.
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EthicsNussbaumMarthaNon-relative Virtuesin Moser & Carson, ed., _Moral Relativism_Introductoryalso in Shafer-Landau's Ethical Theory anthology2001After Nicomachean ethics, to discuss Aristotle's theoretical framework vs. Aristotle's particular cultural attitudes (and the tricky relation between them).
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ethicsSwantonChristineA Virtue Ethical Account of Right Action,Ethics Vol. 112, No. 1 (October 2001), pp. 32-522001
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EthicsNussbaumMarthaHiding from Humanity:
Disgust, Shame, and the Law
Princeton University PressIntroductory2004
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EthicsTessmanLisaBurdened VirtuesOxford UPIntermediate2005one of three monographs in feminist philosophy course
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EthicsTiberiusValerieWell-Being: Psychological Research for PhilosophersPhilosophy Compass 1/5: 493–505https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/vtiberius/home/my-papers/Well-BeingforPhilosophyCompass.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1Intro/Intermediate2006Good survey of philosophical and psychological theories of well-being
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EthicsHeldVirginiaFeminist Moral Inquiry and the Feminist Futurein V. Held (ed.) Justice and Care. Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 2006: 153-176.2006
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EthicsHursthouseRosalindNormative Virtue Ethicsin Gendler-Siegel-Cahn, The Elements of Philosophy (2008), New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 127-138. 2008
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ethicsO'NeillOnoraA Simplified Account of Kant’s Ethicsin Gendler-Siegel-Cahn, The Elements of Philosophy (2008), New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 112-1142008
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EthicsWolfSusanMeaning in Life and Why It MattersPrinceton University Press Intro/Intermediate2010Used selections in Intro to Ethics
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EthicsBenedictRuthThe Case for Moral RelativismThe Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature Ed. by Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaugn, 4th Ed, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 151-159 (anthologized elsewhere too, in other Pojman volumes)
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Ethics / moral psychologyAnnas.JuliaVirtue Ethics and Social PsychologyA Priori 2:20-34 http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/32006/Virtue%20Ethics%20and..;jsessionid= B3517CE71F683723350B7D3F8D434E1B?sequence=22003
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Ethics- Care EthicsKittayEvaLove's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and DependencyRoutledge, 1999
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Ethics, Metaphysics of Identity'BrisonSusanOutliving Oneselfin _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.
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Ethics/Existentialismde BeauvoirSimoneEthics of AmbiguityCitadelhttp://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/de-beauvoir/ambiguity/index.htmIntermediate1947
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Ethics/Feminist PhilosophyNussbaumMarthaObjectificationPhilosopy and Public Affairs, Vol 24, No. 4, Autumn, 1995http://www.jstor.org/stable/2961930Introductory/Intermediate1995
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Ethics/Free WillWolfethics"Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility"Schoeman (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
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FeminismYoungIris MarionThrowing Like a GirlHuman Studies 3.1: 137-56http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02331805?LI=true#page-1 IntroductoryAlso available in a 2005 OUP collection of Young's essays1980See also this PDF (unclear what the copyright is): http://www.newschool.edu/tcds/wr09reader_gender/3_Young_Throwing%20Like%20a%20Girl.pdf
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feminism / race studiesCollinsPatricia HillMammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images in her Black Feminist Thought, 2nd ed., Routledge, 2000. Pp. 69-96.
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languageBarcan MarcusRuthModalities: Philosophical EssaysOxford University Press, 1993Year Originally Published
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LogicBarcanRuthA functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (1):1-16 (1946)http://philpapers.org/rec/BARAFCIntermediate/Advanced1946
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LogicBarcanRuthThe deduction theorem in a functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (4):115-118 (1946)http://philpapers.org/rec/BARTDTIntermediate/Advanced1946
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LogicBarcanRuthThe identity of individuals in a strict functional calculus of second orderJournal of Symbolic Logic 12 (1):12-15 (1947)http://philpapers.org/rec/BARTIO-2Intermediate/Advanced1947
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LogicEdgingtonDorothyOn ConditionalsMind 104 (414):235-329 (1995)http://philpapers.org/rec/EDGOCIntermediate1995
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MetaphysicsHaslangerSally"Persistence Through Time"Loux and Zimmerman (eds.) _The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics_ pp. 315-354intermediate2003Overview of theories of persistence
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MetaphysicsWilsonJessicaWhat is Hume's dictum, and why believe it?Philosophy and phenomenological research (80:595–637)http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/WiHDaWBi.pdfIntermediate2010
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metaphysics / philosophy of religionBakerLynnDeath and the Afterlifepeople.umass.edu/lrb/files/bak05deaS.pdf
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Metaphysics and EthicsWolfSusanAsymmetrical FreedomJ 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).
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Metaphysics/Phil LanguageThomassonAmieIf We Postulated Fictional Objects, What Would They Be?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.
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Metaphysics/philosophy of mindBaierAnnette"Cartesian Persons"Philosophia, 10, nos 3-4, 169-188. Reprinted in Postures of the Mindintro/intermediate1981used as a way of introducing social aspect of personhood/consciousness
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Moral/political/"evil"ArendtHannahEichmann in JerusalemArendt, 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
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Moral/political/"evil"WellsIda"The Malicious and Untruthful White Press"Wells-Barnett, Ida B. (1892/2002). On lynchings. Ed. P.H. Collins. Amherst, NY: Humanity. Pp. 42-46.http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14975/14975-h/14975-h.htm#THE_MALICIOUS_AND_UNTRUTHFUL_WHITE_PRESSintro1892/2002black woman
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PhenomenologySteinEdithOn the Problem of EmpathyICS PublicationsIntroductory/Intermediate1917
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PhenomenologyYoungIris MarionOn Female Body Experience."Throwing Like a Girl" and Other EssaysOxford UP2005
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Phil MindGertlerBrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismReason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-LandauIntro/Intermediate2007
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Philosophy and History of ScienceDastonLoraineo
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsNochlinLindaWhy Have There Been No Great Women Artists?ARTnews January 1971, 22-39/67-71.http://faculty.winthrop.edu/dufresnel/ARTH%20452/Nochlingreatwomenartists.pdfIntro/IntermediateAmelia Jones, ed. The feminism and visual culture reader. Routledge, 1971. 229-33.1971As a counterpoint in the unit on artistic "genius"
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsKorsmeyerCarolynPleasure: Reflections on Aesthetics and FeminismThe Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
51:2 (Spring 1993): 199–206.
Intro/Intermediate1993
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsFeaginSusanooooAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, 73.2. 260-8.Intermediate1995
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsBrandPeggy ZeglinDisinterestedness and Political ArtCarolyn 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
1998
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Philosophy of artificial intelligenceBodenMargaretThe Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence (introduction to)intro/intermediate
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Philosophy of biologyMillsSusanBeatty, JohnThe Propensity Interpretation of FitnessPhilosophy of Science, Vol. 46, No. 2http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/187048?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101853296281Intermediate1979This is a classic paper on the concept of fitness, essentially required if you want to cover the topic at all
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Philosophy of biologyHrdySarahEmpathy, polyandry and the myth of the coy femaleIn 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.
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Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethPre-Theoretical Assumptions in Evolutionary Explanations of Female SexualityPhilosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition, Vol. 69, No. 2/3Intermediate1992Can be paired with articles on sexuality or adaptationism
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Philosophy of biologyMitchellSandraDimensions of Scientific LawPhilosophy of Science, Vol. 67, No. 2., pp. 242-265.http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0031-8248%28200006%2967%3A2%3C242%3ADOSL%3E2.0.CO%3B2-YIntermediate2000Used with other papers on the question of whether there are laws in biology
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Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethScience Gone Astray: Evolution and RapeMichigan Law Review Vol. 99, No. 6http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1290397?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101853296281Intro2001Used with reading by Thornhill and Palmer on the evolution of rape
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Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaAre Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct?Biology and Philosophy 17: 33–53http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1012990800358?LI=trueIntermediate2002Used with Beatty 1984, Chance and Natural Selection, and other readings on the concept of drift, or the statisticalist/causalist debate
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Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaMaking Populations: Bounding Genes in Space and in TimePhilosophy of Science, 70 pp. 989–1001http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/1069/Intermediate2003Used with other papers on the concept of population in biology
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