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Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words

Produced by Joan Callahan and Nancy Tuana
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Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words provides educators and scholars with in-depth, digitally filmed interviews with many of the scholars who generated and initially sustained feminist philosophy in North America. These two-hour DVDs provide an excellent introduction to the philosophical approaches of these theorists, as well as assisting scholars in understanding the ways in which social movements (such as the civil rights, anti-war, and women’s movements of the 1960s and 1970s) influenced academic scholarship.

The following DVDs are currently available for purchase, and others will be added soon.

Sandra Bartky
Sandra Bartky

Susan Bordo
Susan Bordo

Sandra Harding
Sandra Harding

Virginia Held
Virginia Held

Alison Jaggar
Alison Jaggar

Nel Noddings
Nel Noddings

Sara Ruddick
Sara Ruddick

Sandra Bartky order dvd

Sandra BartkySandra Bartky is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her main fields of interest are existential philosophy, phenomenology, critical theory, Marxism, postmodernism, and feminist theory. She is the author ofFemininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression (Routledge, 1990) and co-editor of Revaluing French Feminism: Essays on Difference, Agency and Culture (Indiana University Press, 1992). She has published articles on Heidegger inInquiryPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the British Journal of Aesthetics. Her work in philosophy of feminism has appeared in Social Theory and PracticeHypatiaand in several recent anthologies, including Feminism and PhilosophyPhilosophy and WomenPhilosophy for a New GenerationClassic Philosophical Questions, and Foucault and Feminism: Paths of Resistance. She has been awarded both the Silver Circle Teaching Award and the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Susan BordoSusan Bordo is Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture (SUNY Press, 1987), Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (U. of California Press, 1993), Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (U. of California Press, 1997) and The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (Farrar, Straus and Giroux,1999.) She is also editor of Feminist Interpretations of Descartes (Penn State Press,1999) and co-editor (with Alison Jaggar) ofGender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing (Rutgers University Press, 1989.)

Bordo’s books and articles range from her ground-breaking interpretation of Descartes, which earned her a place as a feminist “archetype of wisdom” in Douglas Soccio’s philosophy text book Archetypes of Wisdom, to numerous articles and books on contemporary culture and the body, which have been translated into many languages and been highly influential across the disciplines. She is included as one the six major theorists who have shaped literary studies in Michael Spikes’ Understanding Contemporary American Literary Theory, and widely credited with having established the field of “body studies.”

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Sandra HardingSandra Harding is a Professor in UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her teaching and research interests include feminist and postcolonial theory, epistemology, research methodology and philosophy of science. Harding is the editor or author of 12 books, including The Science Question in Feminism (1986), Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? (1991), Is Science Multicultural? (1998) and Science and Social Inequality(2006). She was the coeditor (with Kathyrn Norberg) of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 2000 to 2005. She has also served as a consultant on epistemology and philosophy of science issues for several UN organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization; the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.

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Virginia HeldVirginia Held is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate School, and Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Hunter College. Her book The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Among her other books are The Public Interest and Individual Interests (Basic Books, 1970);Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action (Free Press, 1984);Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics(University of Chicago Press, 1993); and How Terrorism is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence (Oxford University Press, 2008); as well as the edited collections Property, Profits, and Economic Justice (Wadsworth, 1980), and Justice and Care: Essential Readings in Feminist Ethics (Westview, 1995). She co-edited the collections Philosophy and Political Action with Kai Nielsen and Charles Parsons, (OUP, 1972) and Philosophy, Morality, and International Affairs with Sidney Morgenbesser and Thomas Nagel (OUP, 1974). She was a member of the Hunter College Collective that wrote Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices in several editions (OUP).

In 2001-2002 she was President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has had Fulbright and Rockefeller fellowships. She has been on the editorial boards of many journals in the areas of philosophy and political theory, and has also taught at Yale, Dartmouth, UCLA, and Hamilton. She received a Distinguished Woman Philosopher award from the Society for Women in Philosophy in 1992. She has two children and five grandchildren.

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Alison JaggarAlison M. Jaggar is College Professor of Distinction in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also Research Co-ordinator at the University of Oslo’s Center for the Study of Mind in Nature. Her books include:Feminist Frameworks, co-edited with Paula Rothenberg, (McGraw Hill, 3/e 1993); Feminist Politics and Human Nature (Rowman & Allanheld and Harvester, 1983); Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing, co-edited with Susan R. Bordo (Rutgers University Press, 1989); Morality and Social Justice: Point Counterpoint, with James P. Sterba et al, Milton Fisk, William A. Galston, Carol C. Gould, Tibor Machan and Robert Solomon, Lanham, MD and London, UK:  Rowman and Littlefield, 1995; Living with Contradictions: Controversies in Feminist Ethics (Westview, 1994); The Blackwell Companion to Feminist Philosophy, co-edited with Iris M. Young (Blackwell, 1998); Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader (Paradigm, 2008); Abortion: Three Perspectives, co-authored with Michael Tooley, Philip Devine and Celia Wolf-Devine (Oxford University Press, 2009). Jaggar is currently interested in methodological issues relating to moral reasoning in contexts of diversity and inequality and in global gender justice. Jaggar was a founder member of the Society for Women in Philosophy and is past chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women.

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Nel NoddingsNel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and of the John Dewey Society. In addition to fourteen books—among them, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Women and Evil, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief, andPhilosophy of Education-she is the author of some 200 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her latest books are Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy, (University of California Press), Educating Moral People (Teachers College Press),Happiness and Education (Cambridge University Press), and Educating Citizens for Global Awareness (Teachers College Press).

Sara Ruddick order dvd

Sara RuddickSara Ruddick taught philosophy at the New School of Social Research.  She is author or editor of a number of books includingMaternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace. Ruddick is most famous for her analysis of the practices of thinking and epistemological perspective that emerges from the care of children.  She argues that mothering is a conscious activity that calls for choices, daily decisions and a continuing, alert reflectiveness.

 

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This oral history project has been made possible by generous support from the American Philosophical Association, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Kentucky.