Feminism and Philosophy

Essential Readings in Theory, Reinterpretation, and Application


Edited by Nancy Tuana; Rosemarie P. Tong

First Edition • December 21, 1994 • 568 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813322131 • $69.00 USD$71.50 CAN

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The past twenty years have seen an explosion of work by feminist philosophers and several surveys of this work have documented the richness of the many different ways of doing feminist philosophy. But this major new anthology is the first broad and inclusive selection of the most important work in this field. There are many unanswered questions about the future of feminist philosophy. Which of the many varieties of feminist philosophy will last, and which will fade away? What kinds of accommodations will be possible with mainstream non-feminist philosophy? Which will separate themselves and flourish on their own? To what extent will feminists change the topics philosophers address? To what extent will they change the very way in which philosophy is done?

However these questions are answered, it is clear that feminist philosophy is having and will continue to have a major impact on the discipline of philosophy. This volume allows the scholar, the student, and others interested readers to sample this diverse literature and to ponder these questions for themselves. Organized around nine traditional types of feminist philosophy, Feminism and Philosophy is an imaginatively edited volume that will stimulate readers to explore many new pathways to understanding. It marks a defining moment in feminist philosophy, and it will be an essential text for philosophers and for feminist theorists in many other fields.


Nancy Tuana is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Woman and the History of Philosophy and The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman’s Nature, and editor of Feminism and Science and Feminist Interpretations of Plato.

Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina.

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