38 core books in Feminist Philosophy

A reader is a librarian who would love to hear readers’ suggestions for titles to add to this list. She’s selecting new titles and adds, “these would be books that you’d expect a library supporting an undergraduate or master’s degree in Women’s/Gender Studies to own.”

How many of the current list have you read, readers?

14 thoughts on “38 core books in Feminist Philosophy

  1. I’d include on the list:

    Uma Narayan’s “Dislocating Cultures”
    Marilyn Frye’s “Politics of Reality”
    Sandra Bartky’s “Femininity and Domination”
    Helen Longino’s “The Fate of Knowledge”
    Evelyn Fox Keller and Helen Longino’s “Science and Feminism”

    Unfortunately, I’ve only read 3 from the current list. :(

  2. Martha Nussbaum, Sex and Social Justice
    Martha Nussbaum, Women and Human Development

    It would be very nice if there were an anthology of canonical papers in analytic feminism (M. Hintikka, Haslanger, Saul, Langton, Hornsby). But, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t.

  3. I also would have expected to see some Frye (I’m not a huge fan, but her work is obviously of sociological/historical importance) and something by Longino and/or Evelyn Fox Keller. Even though she might not be “formally”, in some sense, a philosopher, I’d think something by Susan Okin should be on the list, and quite plausibly all three of her books.

  4. Interested Grad Student, the canon keeps changing! When I was an undergrad, Claudia Card’s _Feminist Ethics_ (which IS on the current list) was considered same.

    I wonder if Susan Okin and Nel Noddings are in Political Sci and Education, respectively, because I’m surprised they’re not on the list. I’ve read some of about half the list. But my new standard is missing: Susan Brison, _Aftermath_.

  5. I was surprised that there was no mention of any of Iris Young’s work, so I’ll add:

    1. Young’s “Throwing Like a Girl, and Other Essays,” “Justice and the Politics of Difference” and “Inclusion and Democracy”.
    2. Alison Jaggar’s “Feminist Politics and Human Nature”
    3. Diemut Bubeck’s “Justice, Gender, and Care”
    4. Moira Gatens’ “Feminism and Philosophy”
    5. Natalie Stoljar and Catriona MacKenzie’s edited volume “Relational Autonomy”
    6. Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” and “Bodies That Matter”

  6. Too few monographs, too many collections, but I suppose that was the method. (I shouldn’t complain since I’m in some, so only keep those! Just kidding.)
    Missing classics:
    Frye’s “The Politics of Reality” is absolutely crucial, and not just for historical reasons.
    Weird that Beauvoir isn’t on the list! So, “The Second Sex”
    Sandra Bartky: Femininity and Domination
    Monique Wittig: “The Straight Mind” –under-appreciated, but these essays were high impact and are still worth attention
    Iris Marion Young: “Throwing Like a Girl and other Essays”, “Justice and the Politics of Difference”
    Audre Lorde: “Sister/Outsider”
    Susan Brison: “Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of the Self”
    Eva Kittay’s “Love’s Labor”–not only feminist philosophy and political philosophy, but a major launch of philosophical attention to disability. Like Brison’s “Aftermath”, this is grounded in real life experience, so is a beautiful example of blending ideal and non-ideal.
    Claudia Card: “The Atrocity Paradigm”. The listmaker probably missed this because of the blurb, but see especially Ch. 5 on Rape Terrorism.
    I could keep going, but I’m going to stick to these major “keepers” for now. Appalling that these were missed.

  7. Linda Alcoff, Visible Identities (2005)
    Georgia Warnke, After Identity (2007)
    Georgia Warnke, Debating Sex and Gender (2010)
    Allison Weir, Identities and Freedoms (2013)

  8. Shouldn’t someone doing such a masters degree own and read some history? Including, not only De Beauvoir (I too can’t believe how long it took that to get mentioned!) but also and not limited to:
    Wollstonecraft, Astell, Cavendish (Margaret, not Ralph), la Barre, Gournay, Schurman, Conway (bits), Hypatia, Sappho, de Pizan…
    Also, although there is much to worry about in mid-80s/early 90s feminism, it seems to me need to know: Mackinnon, Dworkin, Gilligan (sigh) et al, Steinem (at least _Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions_
    And for something completely different: Juliet Mitchell, _Feminism and Psychoanalysis_ (also her book on Hysteria)

  9. I’m the librarian who wrote in. Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions! They’re quite helpful.

  10. This is exactly the post I’ve been needing! I signed up to study a feminist philosophy module next year, so this is absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much!

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