Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
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race theoryhooksbellCritical Interrogation: Talking Race, Resisting RacismArt Forum, May 1989, 18-20 - fairly vernacular
FootPhilippaMorality as a System of Hypothetical ImperativesPhilosophical Review, Vol. 81, No. 3, Jul., 1972
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsFeaginSusanooooAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, 73.2. 260-8.Intermediate1995
Philosophy of biologyMillsSusanBeatty, JohnThe Propensity Interpretation of FitnessPhilosophy 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
CausationHesseMaryForces and Fields: A Study of Action at a Distance in the History of PhilosophyIntermediateLondon, UK: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 19611961
CausationAnscombeG. E. M."Causality and Determination" \intermediateSosa and Tooley (eds.) _Causation_ (1993)1971Critique of Humean regularity theories of causation
CausationPaulL. A."Aspect Causation"Journal of Philosophy 97 (4): 235-256intermediateCollins, Hall, and Paul (eds.) _Causation and Counterfactuals_ (2004)2000
CausationCartwrightNancy"Causal laws and effective strategies"Nous 13 (4): 419-437intermediate/advanced1979
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
Cultural criticismArendtHannahThe Crisis in CultureIn Between Past and Future
EpistemologyBakerJudithTrust and RationalityPacific Phil Quarterly 68intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1987
EpistemologyAntonyLouise"Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology"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.
EpistemologyFrickerElizabeth S.Against Gullibilityin Matilal, Chkrabarti, Knowing from Words (Kluwer)intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaThe Inescapability of Gettier ProblemsPhilosophical Quarterly 44: 65-73 in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1994
EpistemologyLackeyJenniferTestimonial knowledge and transmissionThe Philosophical Quarterly 49, 471-490 in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1999
EpistemologyWilsonJessicaCould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?Canadian Journal of Philosophy (30:55–84)
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)!
EpistemologyMaddyPenelopeNaturalism and Common SenseAnalytic Philosophy 52(1)
Philosophy of biologyMitchellSandraDimensions of Scientific LawPhilosophy of Science, Vol. 67, No. 2., pp. 242-265. with other papers on the question of whether there are laws in biology
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaAre Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct?Biology 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 biologyGannettLisaMaking Populations: Bounding Genes in Space and in TimePhilosophy of Science, 70 pp. 989–1001 with other papers on the concept of population in biology
Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaGroup Categories in Pharmacogenetics ResearchPhilosophy of Science, 72 pp. 1232–1247 with other papers on the philosophy of race
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaNatural Selection as a Population-Level Causal ProcessBrit. J. Phil. Sci. 57 627–653, with other papers on the statisticalist/causalist debate
Philosophy of biologyMillsteinRobertaSkipper, RobertPopulation GeneticsThe 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.
Philosophy of LanguageJonesConstanceA new law of thoughtProceedings 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 LanguageKratzerAngelikaWhat 'must' and 'can' must and can meanLinguistics and Philosophy 1(3):337–55
Philosophy of LanguageHeimIreneFile change semantics and the familiarity theory of definitenessPartee and Portner (eds) /Core Readings in Semantics/ believe this was availalbe in MS only prior to collection in the Portner and Partee1983
Philosophy of mindAkinsKathleen Of sensory systems and the aboutness of mental statesJournal of Philosophy
Philosophy of mindKindAmyPutting the Image Back in ImaginationPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (1):85-110
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
Philosophy of ScienceHesseMaryModels and Analogies in ScienceIntermediateLondon, UK: Shred and Ward1963
Philosophy of ScienceMastermanMargaret"The Nature of a Paradigm"Lakatos and Musgrave (eds.) _Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge_intermediate1970Influential early response to Kuhn
Philosophy of ScienceCartwrightNancyFundamentalism vs. the Patchwork of LawsProceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94, 279-292
Philosophy of ScienceOkruhlikKathleen "Gender and the Biological Sciences"Canadian Journal of Philosophy, supplementary volume 20 (1994), pp. 21-42.intermediateCurd and Cover (eds.) _Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues_ (1998)1994
Philosophy of SciencePinnickCassandra"Feminist Epistemology: Implications for Philosophy of Science"Philosophy of Science, 61 (4): 646-657.intermediateKlee (ed.) _Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science_ (1999)1994Critique of feminist epistemology
Philosophy of ScienceOkruhlikKathleen Gender and the Biological Sciences Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 1994
Political PhilosophyShklarJudithThe Faces of InjusticeIntermediate1990
Political PhilosophyAndersonElizabeth S.What Is the Point of Equality?Ethics 109: 287–337
Political PhilosophyBrockGillianGlobal Justice: A Cosmopolitan AccountOxford University PressIntermediate2009
EthicsThomsonJudith JarvisSelf DefensePhilosophy and Public AffairsInto/Intermediate1991
EpistemologyHealJaneCommon KnowledgePhilosophical Quarterly 28(11): 116-131Intro1978
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
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.
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
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. woman
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethScience Gone Astray: Evolution and RapeMichigan Law Review Vol. 99, No. 6 with reading by Thornhill and Palmer on the evolution of rape
Philosophy of biologyLloydElisabethKanzi, evolution, and languageBiology and Philosophy 19: 577–588 in a unit on animal minds with readings by Kennedy, Keeley, and Pinker
Philosophy of biologyRoughgardenJoanThe Myth of Sexual SelectionCalifornia 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 biologyPotochnikAngelaErika L. Milam, Roberta L. Millstein, Joan E. RoughgardenSex and sensibility: The role of social selectionMetascience 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
Philosophy of MindChurchlandPatricia"Substance Dualism"exerpted 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 ReligionOverallChristineMiracles as Evidence Against the Existence of GodSouthern Journal of Philosophy;jsessionid=1E7459637822E42A0419F056869AD68B.d03t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=falseIntroAlso in Robert Larmer, Questions of Miracle1985
Philosophy of ScienceDouglasHeatherRejecting the Ideal of Value-Free Science"Value-free science? Ideals and illusions", ed. Kincaid, Dupris, Wylie.Intro2007I used this reading by pairing it with SJ Gould's "Non-Overlapping Magesteria".
Political PhilosophyWeilSimoneOppression and LibertyRoutledge Kegan PaulIntro1958
Political PhilosophyValentiniLauraIdeal vs. Nonideal Theory: A Conceptual MapPhilosophy Compass, 7: 654-64intro2012Very good overview article on the Ideal and Nonideal theory in political philosophy
PragmatismFollettMary ParkerCreative experienceNew York: Longmans, Green and co.
Social ethicsAddamsJaneDemocracy and social ethicsUrbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002
Social ethicsWeilSimoneThe need for rootsNew York: Routledge, 2002Intro1949
"of Bohemia" (or "Palatinate")ElisabethCorrespondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene DescartesPlease 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
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.
Ethics/Existentialismde BeauvoirSimoneEthics of AmbiguityCitadel
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.
EthicsMurdochIrisThe Sovereignty of GoodRoutledge & Kegan PaulIntro or Intermediate1970Alternative to duty-based approaches to ethics or a rich account of moral psychology
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
EpistemologyStineGailSkepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive ClosurePhilosophical 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.
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
LogicEdgingtonDorothyOn ConditionalsMind 104 (414):235-329 (1995)
LogicBarcanRuthA functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (1):1-16 (1946)
LogicBarcanRuthThe deduction theorem in a functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (4):115-118 (1946)
LogicBarcanRuthThe identity of individuals in a strict functional calculus of second orderJournal of Symbolic Logic 12 (1):12-15 (1947)
MetaphysicsHaslangerSally"Persistence Through Time"Loux and Zimmerman (eds.) _The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics_ pp. 315-354intermediate2003Overview of theories of persistence
MetaphysicsWilsonJessicaWhat is Hume's dictum, and why believe it?Philosophy and phenomenological research (80:595–637)
EpistemologySchellenbergSusannaExperience and EvidenceMind
EpistemologyRyanSharonWisdomStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Phil MindGertlerBrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismReason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-LandauIntro/Intermediate2007
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsNochlinLindaWhy Have There Been No Great Women Artists?ARTnews January 1971, 22-39/67-71. Jones, ed. The feminism and visual culture reader. Routledge, 1971. 229-33.1971As a counterpoint in the unit on artistic "genius"
Philosophy of Art/AestheticsKorsmeyerCarolynPleasure: Reflections on Aesthetics and FeminismThe Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
51:2 (Spring 1993): 199–206.
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
Philosophy of artificial intelligenceBodenMargaretThe Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence (introduction to)intro/intermediate
Philosophy of mindHealJaneUnderstanding other minds from the insideCollected in /Mind, Reason, and Imagination/ (Cambridge)Intro/Intermediate1998
Philosophy of Mind/EpistemologySchellenbergSusannaThe Situation-Dependency of PerceptionJournal of Philosophy
Philosophy of ReligionStumpEleonore"The Problem of Evil"Faith and Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 392-423intro/intermediate1985
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