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Virginia Held

by Rob Peeler Jul 22, 2015

 

Used in the "Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words" DVD

Virginia 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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