CFP: Metaphilosophy, on Claudia Card

Call for Papers

Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card

Special Issue, co-edited by Robin S. Dillon and Armen Marsoobian

Metaphilosophy seeks submissions for a special issue on the philosophical work and influence of Claudia Card.
Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2016. Anticipated publication date: October 2016.

Claudia Card, who was the Emma Goldman (WARF) Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until her untimely death in September 2015, is perhaps best well-known for her influential work in feminist philosophy and her monographs on evil, Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide (Cambridge 2010) and The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil (Oxford 2002). She also published nearly 150 articles and reviews, in addition to delivering nearly 250 lectures, on a wide variety of topics in normative ethical theory, environmental ethics, theories of justice and of punishment and mercy, and the ethics of Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche. Her work in feminist philosophy includes pioneering essays and a monograph on lesbian ethics (Lesbian Choices (Columbia 1995); influential essays and a monograph on moral agency, character, and moral luck in circumstances of oppression (The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck (Temple 1996); as well as essays on separatism, domestic violence and lesbian battering, rape as a form of terrorism, pitfalls of mothering and marriage, homophobic military codes, the evils of closeting, and legacies of oppression. In addition to the monographs on evil, she also published papers on terrorism, genocide, hate crimes, racist violence, torture, gray zones of complicity, and possibilities for responding to evils without perpetuating them and for dismantling evils in everyday life. She edited or co-edited volumes on feminist ethics and politics, Simone de Beauvoir, genocide, and religious commitment and salvation.

In addition to her influence through her publications, Claudia Card was also a gifted and beloved teacher and mentor who, for almost 50 years at UW-Madison, nurtured students interests and passion for philosophy and directed more than 20 Ph.D. theses, in addition to serving on dozens of other dissertation committees.

We encourage submissions that center any aspect of Claudia Card’s philosophical work and/or influence. Essays should be around 8000 words in length and should be accompanied by abstracts of no more than 200 words. Please follow the Author Guidelines as detailed on the Metaphilosophy homepage. Electronic submissions (by e-mail) are preferred.

Please send submissions by May 15, 2016 to

Department of Philosophy
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515, USA
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