Query from a reader

S writes:

Dear colleagues,

I am teaching philosophy at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), and I need some help in order to elaborate syllabi where women’s works appear. My aim is to follow Jennifer Saul’s recommendations in her “Unsconscious Bias and Women in Philosophy”. She proposes, amongst other things, including women’s works in syllabi, so stereotype threat can be reduced.
It is difficult to have access to women’s works, and that is why I am posting here. I would appreciate it if someone can suggest me women’s works on the following areas:

– general introductions to moral issues, free will, personal identity and the mind-body problem
– general introductions to philosophy of language
– embodied cognition
– the extended mind thesis

Thank you very much for your attention.

Post your suggestions in comments!

14 thoughts on “Query from a reader

  1. I haven’t read Barbara Montero’s On the Philosophy of Mind, but you can look through some of it on Google Books. It looks good and interesting.

    Julia Driver has a book, Ethics, the Fundamentals

    I like Rosalind Hursthouse’s On Virtue Ethics because it is a core text in virtue ethics, very well written, etc.

    Amie Thomasson’s Ordinary Objects takes up metaphysics.

    There’s a web site with articles by women in philosophy that are suitable for grad students; Jender has the url, I think.

  2. For philosophy of mind, I recommend the edited collection by Brie Gertler and Laurence Shapiro. It continues many pieces by women, and in particular, a piece by Gertler which criticizes the extended mind hypothesis.

    On issues of personal identity, Marya Schechtman has a lot of work that is accessible to undergraduates.

    For philosophy of language, parts of Fiona Cowie’s book “What’s Within? Nativism Reconsidered” might be a useful addition to a syllabus.

  3. Yeah, womens works has lots of refs too http://women.aap.org.au/papers/about/index.html
    and I’m concerned that if the poster’s in Spain, she really needs online sources only. (Womens Works is mostly bibliography, but do check it for downloadable articles too.)

    S, if you’re checking comments here, can you tell us if you have access to databases like JSTOR, Project Muse, or EBSCO-host?

  4. Also, I would like to add that if S is also asking for book recommendations, my students connected quickly with Mary Midgley’s Wickedness, a short paperback book and a very good introduction to general metaethics and free will questions.

  5. I think Women’s Works is what jj’s referring to. It’s a great project, but not yet a very large resource (we should all be sending suggestions into them!). Rosannna Keefe’s _Theories of Vagueness_ is excellent for a higher level language course, as is Emma Borg’s _Minimal Semantics_. The intro to Keefe and Smith’s anthology on vagueness is a great introduction to the topic. But none of those are intro texts.

    As to ethics intro texts, Miranda Fricker co-authored an intro ethics text with Sam Guttenplan, _Reading Ethics_.

    Hmm…. I’m really having trouble coming up with women who have written intro texts!

  6. Thank you very much for all your suggestions.
    It is true, Women’s Works is a great source, but it is just starting so it doesn’t contain many works. As Jender proposes, we should all send suggestions to them!).
    profbigk, I have some to JSTOR, but I am interested in both, online and book recommendations.

    Thank you very very much!!

  7. It was women’s works I was thinking of. It is still slight, but it has quite a bit from Annette Baier, whom I’d strongly recommend.

    Looking for texts it seemed to me that it would be great to have more intro texts from women.

  8. Also, thanks Monkey for the link. Saray, if you scroll down the page, you’ll find she wrote also about political theory and normativity.

  9. While Montero’s Intro to Mind book is very affordable (which is a huge plus for me) as well as accessible and engaging (also plusses), it is also idiosyncratic. For example, she simply dismisses the unintelligibility of interaction problem for dualism. While she argues for why she thinks this is not a problem elsewhere in the professional literature (so this is not simply oversight or carelessness on her part), and that is worth a discussion, at the intro level I think should be seen as a deep challenge for dualism. It should be taken seriously and discussed, not simply tossed out as unproblematic. I have taught with it as a second text, but it’s a bit awkward and I’m probably not going to use it again. I would recommend her work on Neutral Monism if one were to do a reader or selections on the philosophy of mind–I think that is an interesting direction for the mind-body problem discussion to take.

    I would think that depending on what approach one takes on the mind-body problem, some of Patricia Churchland’s work might be of interest.

  10. Anrea Nye has written extensively on phil. of language, especially concerning the French fem. philosophers: “The Voice of the Serpent” is a good essay. Also, Alessandra Tanesini’s essay “Whose Language?” is a trenchant examination of terms such as “woman” whose use she says we should not abandon but expand on.

    On the issue of abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson, a conservative philosopher, makes the most powerful case yet articulated about the permissability of abortion based on the basic principle that no one has the right to the use of another’s body. She distinguishes between what’s legally permissible and what is decent. Essay is called “A Defense of Abortion.” It is a classic, using the widely-known thought experiment of the star violinist connected to someone else’s body in order that he can survive. Powerful

  11. I have some published work in the domain of extended mind and embodied cognition, for example “An extended mind perspective on natural number representation” in Philosophical Psychology, 21, 475–490. I can send you an offprint if you like

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