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    Disrupting Demands: Messy Challenges to Analytic Methodology
    Journal of Social Philosophy. forthcoming.
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    Anger and the Politics of Naming
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    Naomi Scheman argues that the concerns of philosophy emerge not from the universal human condition but from conditions of privilege. Her books represents a powerful challenge to the notion that gender makes no difference in the construction of philosophical reasoning. At the same time, it criticizes the narrow focus of most feminist theorizing and calls for a more inclusive form of inquiry.
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    Black Elk Speaks, John Locke Listens, and the Students Write: Designing and Teaching a Writing Intensive Introduction to Philosophy and Cultural Diversity
    with Lisa Bergin, Douglas Lewis, Michelle Martinez, Anne Phibbs, and Pauline Sargent
    Teaching Philosophy 21 (1): 35-59. 1998.
    This paper details the experience of planning, orchestrating, teaching, and participating in a writing-intensive, team-taught, introductory philosophy class designed to expand the diversity of voices included in philosophical study. Accordingly, this article includes the various perspectives of faculty, TAs, and students in the class. Faculty authors discuss the administrative side of the course, including its planning and goals, its texts and structure, its working definition of “philosophy,” i…Read more
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    Toward a Sustainable Epistemology
    Social Epistemology 26 (3-4): 471-489. 2012.
    I argue that naturalizing normativity?articulating norms that are appropriate given what we know about ourselves and the world?can be framed in terms of sustainability, calling for norms that underwrite practices of inquiry that make it more rather than less likely that others, especially those who are variously marginalized and subordinated, will be able to acquire knowledge in the future. The case for a sustainable epistemology, with a commitment to attending especially to those in positions o…Read more
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    Nicholson's political philosophy is distinctively grounded in history. The Play of Reason: From the Modern to the Postmodern argues that such "grounding" plays as much of the foundational role demanded of philosophy as can coherently be played by anything-and that such a foundation is, pragmatically, enough. I focus on two moves: (1) thinking historically as a model for thinking cross-culturally, and (2) historicizing "all the way down," as a way of exorcising the demand for the ahistorical grou…Read more
  • Forms of life: Mapping the rough ground
    In Hans D. Sluga & David G. Stern (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein, Cambridge University Press. pp. 383--410. 1996.
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    On Sympathy
    The Monist 62 (3): 320-330. 1979.
    What are we to make of the Walrus’ sobs and tears and his claim to “deeply sympathize”? Alice, at least, makes something of them: when Tweedledee is done, she says, “I like the Walrus best, … because he was a little sorry for the poor Oysters.” She’s indignant, however, when Tweedledee tells her, “He ate more than the Carpenter, though…. You see he held his handkerchief, so that the Carpenter couldn’t count how many he took; contrariwise.” The Oysters, understandably, take a thoroughly sceptical…Read more
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    Interpreting the Personal: Expression and the Formation of Feelings
    Philosophical Review 109 (1): 118. 2000.
    One of Adrian Piper’s “reactive guerrilla performances” dealing with issues of race and racism was a calling card that she handed out to individuals who made racist remarks that they would not have made if they had taken themselves to be in the presence of a person of color. The card reads.
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    Panel on feminist philosophy in the 90s
    Metaphilosophy 27 (1-2): 209-213. 1996.
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    Women in Western Political Thought
    with Susan Moller Okin
    Philosophical Review 91 (3): 466. 1982.
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    Missing Mothers/Desiring Daughters: Framing the Sight of Women
    Critical Inquiry 15 (1): 62-89. 1988.
    Connecting the issues of the female gaze and of the female narrative is the issue of desire. As [Stanley] Cavell repeatedly stresses, a central theme of these films is the heroine’s acknowledgment of her desire of its true object—frequently the man from whom she mistakenly thought she needed to be divorced. The heroine’s acknowledgment of her desire, and of herself as a subject of desire, is for Cavell what principally makes a marriage of equality achievable. It is in this achievement that Cavel…Read more
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    Recent writing by Jewish lesbians is characterized by challenging and evocative reflection on themes of home and identity, family and choice, tradition and transformation. This essay is a personal journey through some of this writing. An exploration of the obvious and troubling tensions between lesbian or feminist and Jewish identities leads to the paradoxical but ultimately unsurprising suggestion that lesbian identity and eroticism can provide a route of return to and affirmation of Jewish ide…Read more
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    Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (edited book)
    Pennsylvania State University Press. 2002.
    The original essays in this volume, while written from diverse perspectives, share the common aim of building a constructive dialogue between two currents in philosophy that seem not readily allied: Wittgenstein, who urges us to bring our words back home to their ordinary uses, recognizing that it is our agreements in judgments and forms of life that ground intelligibility; and feminist theory, whose task is to articulate a radical critique of what we say, to disrupt precisely those taken-for-gr…Read more
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    Reply to Louise Antony
    Hypatia 11 (3). 1996.
    In her discussion of Naomi Scheman's "Individualism and the Objects of Psychology" Louise Antony misses the import of an unpublished paper of Scheman's that she cites. That paper argues against token identity theories on the grounds that only the sort of psycho-physical parallelisms that token identity theorists, such as Davidson and Fodor, reject could license the claim that each mental state or event is some particular physical state or event
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    Narrative, complexity, and context: Autonomy as an epistemic value
    In Hilde Lindemann, Marian Verkerk & Margaret Urban Walker (eds.), Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice, Cambridge University Press. 2009.
    Those masterful images because complete Grew in pure mind, but out of what began? A mound of refuse or the sweepings of a street, Old kettles, old bottles, and a broken can, Old iron, old bones, old rags, that raving slut Who keeps the till. Now that my ladder's gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.
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    Carol McMillan, Women, Reason and Nature (review)
    Philosophy in Review 4 (4): 161-163. 1984.
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    This book joins epistemic and socio-political issues, using Wittgenstein and diverse liberatory theories to reorient epistemology as an explicitly political endeavor, with trustworthiness at its heart. Each essay was an attempt to grasp a particular set of problems, and they appear together as a model of passionate philosophical engagement.
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    Paisley Livingston here addresses contemporary controversies over the role of "theory" within the humanistic disciplines. In the process, he suggests ways in which significant modern texts in the philosophy of science relate to the study of literature. Livingston first surveys prevalent views of theory, and then proposes an alternative: theory, an indispensable element in the study of literature, should be understood as a Cogently argued and informed in its judgments, this book points the way to…Read more
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    Further Thoughts on a "Theoretics of Heterogeneity"
    Journal of Philosophy 85 (11): 630-631. 1988.