History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Theory of Value
A third of the faculty and a growing number of graduate students in Philosophy have active research and teaching interests in feminist philosophy of science and applied ethics, as well as the philosophical underpinnings of gender studies.
Feminist philosophy of science is a particular area of strength; Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Andrea Woody, and Alison Wylie, share an interest in feminist analyses of values in science, focusing on the life sciences, the physical sciences, and the social and historical sciences, respectively. Nelson is an influential exponent of feminist empiricism; Woody's interests include the history of women's participation in the sciences and engineering, as well as philosophical questions about the role of values in scientific language and representation; Lee works on unintentional bias and the use of heuristics in reasoning, with recent attention to peer review practices; and Wylie is currently at work on a project on feminist standpoint theory. Additionally, Carole Lee brings empirically informed feminist perspectives to bear on questions about procedural objectivity and conceptions of rationality in her work on philosophy of mind/ psychology.
Sara Goering works in feminist bioethics, ethics, and justice theory; she regularly teaches feminist topics courses that focus on the family, and brings feminist perspectives to bear in courses on medical ethics, moral issues in life and death, and philosophy of disability. Ingra Schellenberg is interested in feminist analyses of current medical practice, especially as these bear on psychiatric diagnoses; she writes on depression and borderline personality disorder, both of which are often seen as "women's diseases".
Ken Clatterbaugh and Jean Roberts are both interested in the construction of gender and its political consequences. Ken was not only the first member of the Philosophy Department to become adjunct with Women Studies but the first person to develop a course on masculinity at the University. He is part of a group putting together a gender studies research cluster proposal for the Simpson Center. Several other faculty incorporate feminist literature and analyses into courses taught on topics in history of philosophy, political theory, aesthetics, and epistemology.
Recent feminist publications and research projects include such titles as: “Postnatal Reproductive Autonomy: Promoting Relational Autonomy and Self-Trust in New Parents” (Goering), “Relativism and Feminist Science Scholarship” (Hankinson-Nelson), “Social Biases and Solutions for Procedural Objectivity” (Lee), “The Feminine Face of Sadness” (Schellenberg), and “Standpoint (still) Matters: Research on Women, Work, and the Academy” (Wylie).
Given this strength in feminist philosophy, we have hosted a number of high profile conferences and the editorial office of the journal Hypatia is currently based at UW (2008-2013). The first biennial meeting of FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodologies, and Science Studies) was organized by Hankinson-Nelson and convened at UW in November 2004. Hypatia moved to UW in July 2008; Wylie is co-editor and is supported by a local advisory board that includes Goering, Hankinson-Nelson, Lee, Roberts, Schellenberg, and Woody as well as two eminent feminist theorists in Political Science, Christine DiStefano and Nancy Hartsock. We hosted a conference honoring the 25th Anniversary of Hypatia's publication as an autonomous journal at UW in October 2009: "Feminist Legacies/Feminist Futures.” The 25th Anniversary Special Issue and a Retrospective Virtual Issue appeared in November 2010 and are available online (open access); the links and details are available on the editorial office website.
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