Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
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AestheticsTelferElizabeth S.Food as Art
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Aesthetics/EthicsWeilSimoneThe Iliad or the Poem of ForceEthics Vol. 112, No. 1 (October 2001), pp. 32-522001
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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')
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applied ethicsCuddAnnJones, Leslie"Causal Laws and Effective Strategies"Proceedings 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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CausationCartwrightNancy"Causal laws and effective strategies"Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94, 279-292http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/4545199intermediate1994
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CausationAnscombeG. E. M."Causality and Determination"Philosophy and phenomenological research (80:595–637)http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/WiHDaWBi.pdfIntermediate2010
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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".
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CausationPaulL. A."Aspect Causation"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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CausationSchulzLauraTamar Kushnir and Alison Gopnik"Learning from Doing: Intervention and Causal Inference in Children"ICS PublicationsIntroductory/Intermediate1917
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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
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EpistemologyHealJaneCommon KnowledgeIn Between Past and Futurehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/87670611/Arendt-The-Crisis-in-Culture-1968Intermediate1968
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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).
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EpistemologyBakerJudithTrust and RationalityAntony 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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EpistemologyElginCatherineTrue EnoughOxford University PressIntermediate2009
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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.
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EpistemologyLackeyJenniferTestimonial knowledge and transmissionWells-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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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
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EpistemologyNagelJenniferEpistemic IntuitionsNous 34 (1): 31-55.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2671972Intro/Intermediate2000Scroll down to bottom of screen for Handout and PPT: http://f12.middlebury.edu/PHIL0213A (Also: in-class exercises at end of PPT)
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EpistemologySchellenbergSusannaExperience and EvidenceThe Journal of Philosophy 78: 429-458https://0efcb99f-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/stumpep/Eternity.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cqyATBrNfCvE8xyJFTQ2MWHqpDm7HDPNdXzMzZOBX1mC-TJbhQP5Cu9vPpcmLLaZVtSuJO0VO-shliMmPFuZ4DLwu6loF5Zp-_un5xusWiLrO7tNQtzLfZM4T9_r3torXiNvIZICNr3vb5FVszuEWC07d5d0VWxKYkbeyYzc1NpIluSiC7WJgYXMKu2SCwRumJ_RaQxU3Ec3FxmQZGrd-jCMuVEJQ%3D%3D&attredirects=0introductory1981
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EpistemologyRyanSharonWisdomJournal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 3, Numbers 5-6, 1 May 1996, pp. 402-408 (7)http://horizons-2000.org/5.%20Mind%20and%20Metaphysics/Web%20papers/P.S.%20Churchland,%20The%20Hornswoggle%20Problem.htmIntroductory2012
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EpistemologyStineGailSkepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive ClosurePhilosopy and Public Affairs, Vol 24, No. 4, Autumn, 1995http://www.jstor.org/stable/2961930Introductory/Intermediate1995
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EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaWhat is Knowledge?\1999
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EpistemologyWilsonJessicaCould experience disconfirm the propositions of arithmetic?A Priori 2:20-34 http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/32006/Virtue%20Ethics%20and..;jsessionid= B3517CE71F683723350B7D3F8D434E1B?sequence=22003
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EpistemologyZagzebskiLindaThe Inescapability of Gettier ProblemsPendle Hill Pamphlet. Mary McCarthy trans.
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Epistemology ZagzebskiLindaexcerpts from her book, Virtues of MindOxford University Press, 1993Year Originally Published
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epistemology, philosophy of mind, decision theoryPaulL. A. What Mary Can't Expect When She is ExpectingThe Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
51:2 (Spring 1993): 199–206.
Intro/Intermediate1993
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Epistemology/OntologyBordoSusanUnbearable WeightPacific Phil Quarterly 68intermediatereprinted in Sosa et al, Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Blackwell)1987
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Epistemology/Philosophy of ReligionKelemanDeborah"Are Children 'Intuitive Theists'?"Michigan 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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EthicsBenedictRuthThe Case for Moral Relativism \intermediateSosa and Tooley (eds.) _Causation_ (1993)1971Critique of Humean regularity theories of causation
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EthicsAnscombeG.E.M.Modern Moral PhilosophyCanadian Journal of Philosophy (30:55–84)http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/CEDtPoA.pdfIntermediate2000
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EthicsDiamondCoraEating Meat and Eating PeopleBiology 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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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)!
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EthicsHeldVirginiaJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (1):1-16 (1946)http://philpapers.org/rec/BARAFCIntermediate/Advanced1946
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EthicsHeldVirginiaFeminist Moral Inquiry and the Feminist FutureJournal of Symbolic Logic 11 (4):115-118 (1946)http://philpapers.org/rec/BARTDTIntermediate/Advanced1946
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EthicsFootPhilippaThe Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect Philosophy and Public AffairsInto/Intermediate1991
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EthicsHursthouseRosalindNormative Virtue EthicsNew York: Longmans, Green and co.http://archive.org/details/creativeexperien00follIntro1924
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EthicsLeGuinUrsulaThe Ones Who Walked Away from OmelasNew York: Routledge, 2002Intro1949
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EthicsLangtonRae"Duty and Desolation" (aka "Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant")Philosophical Quarterly 28(11): 116-131Intro1978
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EthicsHursthouseRosalind"Virtue Theory and Abortion"Philosophy Compass, 7: 654-64intro2012Very good overview article on the Ideal and Nonideal theory in political philosophy
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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
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EthicsMidgleyMaryTrying Out One's New SwordJournal of Philosophy 67 (14): 471-481intro/intermediate1970
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ethicsNussbaumMarthaJudging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital MutilationPhilosophical 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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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
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EthicsOstromElinor "Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms"In Science as social knowledge: values and objectivity in scientific inquiry. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Intro/IntermediateCurd, Martin, and J. A. Cover (1998), Philosophy of science : the central issues. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton.1990http://f12.middlebury.edu/PHIL0214A/PHIL0214-Science_and_Society/Home_files/Longino%20Boghossian.ppt
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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.
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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
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EthicsStarkSusanVirtue and EmotionNous 35:3 (2001) 440-455intro/intermediate2001
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EthicsO'NeillOnoraThe Moral Perplexities of Famine ReliefReason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-LandauIntro/Intermediate2007
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ethicsO'NeillOnoraA Simplified Account of Kant’s EthicsMindhttp://philpapers.org/rec/SCHEAE-6Intro/Intermediate2013
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EthicsNussbaumMarthaNon-relative Virtuesintro/intermediate
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EthicsRawlesKateConservation and Animal Welfarein 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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EthicsRoseGillianLove's Work: A Reckoning With Life (book)Princeton University PressIntroductory2004
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EthicsThomsonJudith JarvisSelf DefensePhilosophy and Public Affairs 2 (1971): 146-159. 1971
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EthicsThomsonJudith JA defense of abortionin her The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Harper and Rowe, pp. 275-284, 1975 (and widely anthologized elsewhere)1973
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EthicsThomsonJudith A Defense of AbortionIn Matters of Life and Death, Tom Regan, ed., Temple U Press. 260-2941980
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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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EthicsTessmanLisaBurdened VirtuesFaith and Philosophy vol 4 no 3, pp. 294-3031987
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EthicsTiberiusValerieWell-Being: Psychological Research for PhilosophersSocial Philosophy and Policy 14 (01):207-225 1997
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ethicsSwantonChristineA Virtue Ethical Account of Right Action,Journal of philosophyhttp://www.philosophy.uconn.edu/department/millikan/conventn.pdf1998
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EthicsWolfSusanMeaning in Life and Why It MattersCalifornia2004
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EthicsWolfSusanMoral Saintschapter 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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EthicsWolfSusanHappiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good LifeArguing about Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 2nd ed. Alex Neil and Aaron Ridley, Routledge, 2002. pp. 9-27
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Ethics / moral psychologyAnnas.JuliaVirtue Ethics and Social PsychologycausationJournal of Philosophy 97 (4): 235-256intermediateCollins, Hall, and Paul (eds.) _Causation and Counterfactuals_ (2004)2000
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Ethics- Care EthicsKittayEvaLove's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and DependencySouthern Journal of Philosophyhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2041-6962.1985.tb00404.x/abstract;jsessionid=1E7459637822E42A0419F056869AD68B.d03t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=falseIntroAlso in Robert Larmer, Questions of Miracle1985
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Ethics, Metaphysics of Identity'BrisonSusanOutliving OneselfCanadian Journal of Philosophy, 1994 http://spot.colorado.edu/~cleland/articles/gender_and_biological_sciences.pdfIntermediate1998
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Ethics/Existentialismde BeauvoirSimoneEthics of AmbiguityThe 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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Ethics/Feminist PhilosophyNussbaumMarthaObjectificationStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophyhttp://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wisdom/Intro/Intermediate
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Ethics/Free WillWolfethics"Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility"Journal of Philosophy 80(4):201-220http://philpapers.org/rec/THOPAI-21983
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FeminismYoungIris MarionThrowing Like a GirlJournal of International Women's Studies, 7(1), 84-96http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol7/iss1/7 2005
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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.
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languageBarcan MarcusRuthModalities: Philosophical EssaysPhilosophical 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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LogicBarcanRuthThe deduction theorem in a functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationIntermediateLondon, UK: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 19611961
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LogicBarcanRuthA functional calculus of first order based on strict implicationIntermediate1990
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LogicBarcanRuthThe identity of individuals in a strict functional calculus of second orderMind 104 (414):235-329 (1995)http://philpapers.org/rec/EDGOCIntermediate1995
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LogicEdgingtonDorothyOn ConditionalsEthics 109: 287–337http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/233897Intermediate1999
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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.
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MetaphysicsThomsonJudith Jarvis"Parthood and Identity Across Time"1995To talk about what philosophy is, how it relates to the good life.
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MetaphysicsWilsonJessicaWhat is Hume's dictum, and why believe it?What Is Justice?: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, ed. Robert Solomon and Mark Murphy, 120-126.1999
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metaphysics BeebeeHelenThe Non-Governing Conception of Laws
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metaphysics / philosophy of religionBakerLynnDeath and the AfterlifeIntermediateLondon, UK: Shred and Ward1963
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Metaphysics and EthicsWolfSusanAsymmetrical FreedomPhilosophical Perspective, 9, 1995, 185-200http://www.philosophy.uconn.edu/department/millikan/pushmi.pdf1995
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Metaphysics/Phil LanguageThomassonAmieIf We Postulated Fictional Objects, What Would They Be?Dover Thrifthttp://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34201792
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Metaphysics/philosophy of mindBaierAnnette"Cartesian Persons"Journal of Philosophyhttp://heraclite.ens.fr/~roy/ENS/Archives/04-05/restricted_area/Textes/Aboutness.pdfIntermediate1996
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Moral/political/"evil"ArendtHannahEichmann in JerusalemPartee and Portner (eds) /Core Readings in Semantics/https://webspace.utexas.edu/deverj/personal/filechange.pdfIntermediateI believe this was availalbe in MS only prior to collection in the Portner and Partee1983
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Moral/political/"evil"WellsIda"The Malicious and Untruthful White Press"The 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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PhenomenologySteinEdithOn the Problem of EmpathyProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 63: 297-310Introductory/IntermediateAlso available in a 1990 OUP collection, The Problem of Evil, edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams1989
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PhenomenologyYoungIris MarionOn Female Body Experience."Throwing Like a Girl" and Other EssaysJournal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 5–6, 1996, pp. 402–8http://horizons-2000.org/5.%20Mind%20and%20Metaphysics/Web%20papers/P.S.%20Churchland,%20The%20Hornswoggle%20Problem.htm1996
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Phil MindGertlerBrieIn Defense of Mind-Body DualismHeart and MindIntro1981
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Philosophy and History of ScienceDastonLoraineoOxford UPIntermediate2005one of three monographs in feminist philosophy course
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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.
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsBrandPeggy ZeglinDisinterestedness and Political ArtAnalytic Philosophy 52(1)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2153-960X.2011.00515.x/fullIntermediate2011
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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
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Philosophy of Art/AestheticsNochlinLindaWhy Have There Been No Great Women Artists?Collected in /Mind, Reason, and Imagination/ (Cambridge)Intro/Intermediate1998
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Philosophy of artificial intelligenceBodenMargaretThe Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence (introduction to)Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 57 627–653https://vpn.lib.ucdavis.edu/content/oup/phisci/2006/00000057/00000004/,DanaInfo=www.ingentaconnect.com+art00627Intermediate2006Used with other papers on the statisticalist/causalist debate
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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
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Philosophy of biologyGannettLisaGroup Categories in Pharmacogenetics ResearchOxford Review 5 (1967): 5-15. Reprintred in Virtues and Viceshttp://philpapers.org/archive/FOOTPO-2.1.pdfIntro1967
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Philosophy of biologyHrdySarahEmpathy, polyandry and the myth of the coy femaleMetascience 20:253–277http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11016-010-9464-6?LI=true#page-1Intro2011The 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
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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.
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