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Sandra Bartky DVD

Sandra 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 of Femininity 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 in Inquiry, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the British Journal of Aesthetics. Her work in philosophy of feminism has appeared in Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia and in several recent anthologies, including Feminism and Philosophy, Philosophy and Women, Philosophy for a New Generation, Classic 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.

Susan Bordo DVD

Susan 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 editor of Feminist Interpretations of Descartes (Penn State Press, 1999) and co-editor (with Alison Jaggar) of Gender/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.”

Claudia Card DVD

Claudia Card (1940-2015) was the Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was one of the earliest members of the Midwest Society for Women in Philosophy, where she was among the first to do pioneering work in feminist ethics and lesbian philosophy. Additional topics of her books and papers include work on character, moral luck, and evil, with a focus on the atrocity paradigm for understanding evil and evils. Among the evils she discusses are terrorism, torture, and genocide. Her books include Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide (2010); The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil (2005); The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck (2010); and Lesbian Choices (1995). As Past President of the American Philosophical Association Central Division, Professor Card gave a presidential address on surviving atrocities. Her work on atrocity survival is forthcoming.

Sandra Harding DVD

Sandra 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.

Virginia Held 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. She is author of numerous books and articles in ethics and social / political philosophy that have been groundbreaking in bringing a feminist perspective to bear on these areas of inquiry. Her books include  The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global (Oxford University Press, 2006); 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).

Alison Jaggar DVD

Alison 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); Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader (Paradigm, 2008); and 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.

Nel Noddings DVD

Nel 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, and Philosophy 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 DVD

Sara Ruddick taught philosophy at the New School of Social Research. She is author or editor of a number of books including Maternal 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.




Produced by Joan Callahan and Nancy Tuana
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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.