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Module Reading List

Feminist Philosophy, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr. Heather Logue
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Unit 1: Women, Work, and the Family

Assigned reading

Okin, S. M. (1987) "Justice and Gender." Philosophy & public affairs. ISSN: 0048-3915. 16: 42-72.  

Collins, P. H. (1994) "Shifting the center: race, class and feminist theorizing about motherhood." In Glenn, E.N., Chang, G., & Forcey, L.R. (eds.) Mothering : ideology, experience, and agency ISBN: 0415907756 (pbk); 0415907764 (pbk); 9781315538891 ebk. London: Routledge, pp. 45-65.  

Further reading

Saul, J. M. (2003) Feminism : issues & arguments ISBN: 0199249474. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter One: The politics of work and family, pp. 5-44.

Munoz-Darde, V. (1999) “Is the family to be abolished then?” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. ISSN: 0066-7374 99: 37-56.

Williams, J. (2000) Unbending gender : why family and work conflict and what to do about it ISBN: 9780195147148 (pbk); 0195094646. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spelman, E. (1988) Inessential Woman: Problems of exclusion in feminist thought. Boston: Beacon Press.

Carasthatis, A. (2014) “The concept of intersectionality in feminist theory.” Philosophy compass. ISSN: 1747-9991 9: 304-314.

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Unit 2: Implicit Bias and Epistemic Injustice

Assigned Reading

Brennan, S. (2009)."Feminist Ethics and Everyday Inequalities", Hypatia. ISSN: 0887-5367. 24: 141-159.  

Holroyd, J. (2012)."Taking Responsibility for Bias", Journal of social philosophy. ISSN: 0047-2786. 43: 274-306.   

Fricker, M. (2007). Epistemic injustice : power and the ethics of knowing ISBN: 9780199570522 (pbk.); 9780198237907 (hbk.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 17-51 up to the last paragraph (sections 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, and part of 2.3), and pp. 147-175 (chapter 7)  

Further Reading

Jost, J. et. al. (2009). "The Existence of Implicit Bias is Beyond Reasonable Doubt: A Refutation of Ideological and Methodological Objections and Executive Summary of Ten Studies that no Manager Should Ignore", Research in organizational behavior. ISSN: 0191-3085. 29: 39-69. Also available here.

Yao, V. and Reis-Dennis, S. (2017). "‘I Love Women’: The Conceptual Inadequacy of ‘Implicit Bias’". Blog post at PEA Soup, available here.

Bartlett, T. (2017). “Can We Really Measure Implicit Bias? Maybe Not”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, available here.

Saul, J. (2013). "Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Women in Philosophy". In Hutchison, K. and Jenkins, F. (eds.) Women in philosophy : what needs to change? ISBN: 9780199325610 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9780199325603 (hbk.) : £16.99 Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fricker, M. (2007). Epistemic injustice : power and the ethics of knowing ISBN: 9780199570522 (pbk.); 9780198237907 (hbk.), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chs. 2-6.

Maitra, I. (2010). "The Nature of Epistemic Injustice", Philosophical books. ISSN: 0031-8051. 51: 195-211.

Langton, R. (2010). "Review of Epistemic Injustice", Hypatia. ISSN: 0887-5367. 25: 459-464.

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Unit 3: Metaphysics of Sex and Gender

Assigned reading

Haslanger, S. (2000). "Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be? ", Noûs. ISSN: 0029-4624. 34: 31-55.  

Butler, J., 1999, Gender trouble : feminism and the subversion of identity, London: Routledge. Chapter 1, pp. 1-22.  

Further reading

Mikkola, M. (2009). "Gender Concepts and Intuitions", Canadian journal of philosophy. ISSN: 0045-5091; 1911-0820. 39: 559-583.

Fausto-Sterling, A. (2000). Sexing the body : gender politics and the construction of sexuality ISBN: 0465077145 (pbk); 0465077137; 9780786724338 (ebook). New York: Basic Books.

de Beauvoir, S. (1949) The second sex. London: Vintage Classics 2012.

Bettcher T. M. (2013) “Trans Women and the Meaning of ‘Woman’”, in N. Power, R. Halwani, and A. Soble (Eds.) The philosophy of sex : contemporary readings. Lanham, ML: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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Unit 4: Pornography

Assigned Reading

Eaton, A. (2007)."A Sensible Antiporn Feminism", Ethics. ISSN: 0014-1704. 117: 674-715.  

Langton, R. (1993)."Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts", Philosophy & public affairs. ISSN: 0048-3915. 22: 293–330.  

Further Reading

Watson, L. (2010). "Pornography", Philosophy compass. ISSN: 1747-9991. 5: 535-550.

West, C. (2012). "Pornography and Censorship", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]..

Bauer, N. (2006). "How to Do Things With Pornography". In S. Shieh & A. Crary (eds.), Reading Cavell ISBN: 0415346401 (hbk. : alk. paper); 9780415346405 (hbk. : alk. paper); 0415346398 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780415346399 (pbk. : alk. paper). London: Routledge, 68-97. Available via

Bird, A. (2002). "Illocutionary Silencing". Pacific philosophical quarterly. ISSN: 0279-0750. 83: 1–15.

Liao, S. and Protasi, S. (2013). "The Fictional Character of Pornography". In H. Maes (ed.), Pornographic art and the aesthetics of pornography ISBN: 9780230368200 (hbk.) : £60.00. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 100-118. Available via

Langton, R. and Hornsby, J. (1998). 'Free Speech and Illocution'. Legal theory. ISSN: 1352-3252. 4: 21-37.

Online symposium on Eaton's article: Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy, vol. 4, no. 2, Spring 2008.

This list was last updated on 09/10/2017