•  20
    Autonomy, Identity, and Social Justice. Appiah’s The Lies that Bind. A Review
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. forthcoming.
  •  73
    Methodological individualism (MI) has been a major topic in the philosophy of social science over the past several decades. Originally, the idea was that the social world is made up of individuals, and so explanation of social phenomena should be in terms of the behavior and attitudes of individuals. This paper argues against both ontological and explanatory individualism, claiming that social phenomena include material systems - such as transportation systems, healthcare systems and the like. …Read more
  •  368
    Why I Don’t Believe in Patriarchy: Comments on Kate Manne’s Down Girl
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 101 (1): 220-229. 2020.
  •  36
    Agency within Structures and Warranted Resistance: Response to Commentators
    Tandf: Australasian Philosophical Review 3 (1): 109-121. 2020.
    Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2019, Page 109-121.
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    Cognition as a Social Skill
    Tandf: Australasian Philosophical Review 3 (1): 5-25. 2020.
    Much contemporary social epistemology takes as its starting point individuals with sophisticated propositional attitudes and considers (i) how those individuals depend on each other to gain (or lose) knowledge through testimony, disagreement, and the like and (ii) if, in addition to individual knowers, it is possible for groups to have knowledge. In this paper I argue that social epistemology should be more attentive to the construction of knowers through social and cultural practices: soci…Read more
  •  11
    In this debate-format book, four philosophers--Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer--articulate contrasting views on race. Each author presents a distinct viewpoint on what race is, and then replies to the others, offering theories that are clear and accessible to undergraduates, lay readers, and non-specialists, as well as other philosophers of race.
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    In response to commentaries by Esa Díaz León, Jennifer Saul, and Ra- chel Sterken, I develop more fully my views on the role of structure in social and metaphysical explanation. Although I believe that social agency, quite generally, occurs within practices and structures, the relevance of structure depends on the sort of questions we are asking and what interventions we are considering. The emphasis on questions is also relevant in considering metaphysical and meta-metaphysical is- sues about r…Read more
  • Rethinking Ideology (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. forthcoming.
  • Sich der Realität widersetzen. Kristina Lepold im Gespräch mit Sally Haslanger (review)
    with Kristina Lepold
    WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 12 159-170. 2015.
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    What is a Social Practice?
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 82 231-247. 2018.
    This paper provides an account of social practices that reveals how they are constitutive of social agency, enable coordination around things of value, and are a site for social intervention. The social world, on this account, does not begin when psychologically sophisticated individuals interact to share knowledge or make plans. Instead, culture shapes agents to interpret and respond both to each other and the physical world around us. Practices shape us as we shape them. This provides resource…Read more
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    I—Culture and Critique
    Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 91 (1): 149-173. 2017.
    How do we achieve social justice? How do we change society for the better? Some would argue that we must do it by changing the laws or state institutions. Others that we must do it by changing individual attitudes. I argue that although both of these factors are important and relevant, we must also change culture. What does this mean? Culture, I argue, is a set of social meanings that shapes and filters how we think and act. Problematic networks of social meanings constitute an ideology. Entrenc…Read more
  •  3
    Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays (edited book)
    with C. Witt
    Cornell University Press. 2005.
    Introduction : kith, kin, and family / Sally Haslanger and Charlotte Witt Adoption and its progeny : rethinking family law, gender, and sexual difference / Drucilla Cornell Open adoption is not for everyone / Anita L. Allen Methods of adoption : eliminating genetic privilege / Jacqueline Stevens Several steps behind : gay and lesbian adoption / Sarah Tobias A child of one’s own : property, progeny, and adoption / Janet Farrell Smith Family resemblances : adoption, personal identity, and genetic …Read more
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    Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader (edited book)
    with Elizabeth Hackett
    Oxford University Press. 2006.
    "What is sexist oppression?" "What should be done about it?" Organized around these questions, Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader provides an overview of theoretical feminist writing about the quest for gender justice. Incorporating both classic and cutting-edge material, the reader takes into account the full diversity of women, highlighting the effects of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality, and religion on women's experience. Theorizing Feminisms is organized into four sections and inc…Read more
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    Contemporary discussions of race and racism devote considerable effort to giving conceptual analyses of these notions. Much of the work is concerned to investigate a priori what we mean by the terms ‘ race ’ and ‘racism’ ; more recent work has started to employ empirical methods to determine the content of our “folk concepts,” or “folk theory” of race and racism. In contrast to both of these projects, I have argued elsewhere that in considering what we mean by these terms we should treat them on…Read more
  •  1125
    Feminism in metaphysics: Negotiating the natural
    In Miranda Fricker & Jennifer Hornsby (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, Cambridge University Press. pp. 107--126. 2000.
  •  127
    I’ll start by giving a very brief summary of Sider’s position and will identify some points on which my own position differs from his. I’ll then raise four issues, viz., how to articulate the 3-dimensionalist view, the trade-offs between Ted’s stage view of persistence and endurance with respect to intrinsic properties, the endurantist’s response to the argument from vagueness, and finally more general questions about what’s at stake in the debate. I don’t believe that anything I say raises insu…Read more
  •  565
    What is a (social) structural explanation?
    Philosophical Studies 173 (1): 113-130. 2016.
    A philosophically useful account of social structure must accommodate the fact that social structures play an important role in structural explanation. But what is a structural explanation? How do structural explanations function in the social sciences? This paper offers a way of thinking about structural explanation and sketches an account of social structure that connects social structures with structural explanation
  •  1090
    Persistence through time
    In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics, Oxford University Press. pp. 315--354. 2003.
  •  7
    Oppressions: Racial and other
    Racism in Mind 97--123. forthcoming.
  •  64
    Gender, patriotism, and the events of 9/11
    Peace Review 15 (4): 457-461. 2003.
    In the weeks after 9/11/01, the events of that day were described in many ways. One of the most significant "spins" came from the government: initially the events were described as "a terrorist attack," but not long after they became an "act of war". We were told that what occurred was not a crime to be addressed by punishing the perpetrators, but an attack on a nation-state which requires us to take up arms against the enemy.
  •  226
    Feminism and Metaphysics: Unmasking Hidden Ontologies
    Apa Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 99 (2): 192--196. 2000.
    Unlike feminist ethics, or feminist political philosophy, or even feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, feminist metaphysics cannot be said (yet!) to have standing as a full-fledged sub-discipline of either philosophy or feminist theory. Although one can find both undergraduate and graduate courses devoted to the other sub-fields just mentioned, a course in feminist metaphysics is a rare find; and there are few professional philosophers who would consider listing in their areas of spe…Read more
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    Ontology and Pragmatic Paradox
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92. 1992.
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    Race, intersectionality, and method: a reply to critics
    Philosophical Studies 171 (1): 109-119. 2013.
    It is a great honor to have such excellent commentary on my book, and I am happy to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with others who have done such important work on the topics. I will reply to the commentaries separately, beginning with the critique by Charles Mills (2013) and moving on to Karen Jones’s (2013). Reply to MillsRevisiting my projectMills considers four views that pose challenges to my account of race as a hierarchical social category.(1) Kitcher (2007) and Andreasen (1…Read more