Obituary: Pamela Sue Anderson

We are very saddened to hear that Pamela Sue Anderson, a leading figure in feminist philosophy of religion has died.  She, like Jean Grimshaw, was one of the founders of SWIP UK.  The Oxford obituary is here.


Please feel free to share your thoughts and remembrances in comments.

9 thoughts on “Obituary: Pamela Sue Anderson

  1. I met Pamela for the first time at a conference on Philosophy of Religion at Oriel College. In a subject full of tweedy blokes with dusty opinions, she made an immediate impression: glamorous, stylish, witty, thought-provoking. We became firm friends and worked together on a reader in feminist philosophy of religion. We shared the ups and downs of life: a real privilege that lies at the heart of a really good friendship. I will always remember the laughter over a glass (or two) of wine, as well as her ability to get you to think differently about a subject. She was energetic and forthright, and it is that energy and passion for gender justice that we must ensure lives on after her death. I will miss her more than I can say.

  2. I’m very saddened by this news, although I never had a chance to meet her. Two years ago she was our keynote at the SWIP conference, but was unfortunately already unable to make it due to her illness. I had the great honour to read out her paper, which was on Ricoeur and Antigone. Her work has been so influential on me, and is a huge part of why I felt able to become a feminist philosopher of religion, with pride.

  3. met Pamela in my first year of my Oxford DPhil. After presenting at a conference she came up to me and said she, too, went to Mansfield College during her DPhil. She became a generous mentor to me as well as a dear friend. Her work was truly groundbreaking and trail blazing. I remember vividly her saying to me “I insist I am a Kantian AND a feminist” and she remained both, through and through, an exemplar of generosity and uncompromising ethics. She loved life and was full of energy, spreading light on even the glummest day. Sharp and warm she drew so many to her effortlessly, and was greatly admired and loved wherever she went. A great loss for Oxford philosophy and academic community broadly.

  4. Oh, I’m so saddened to hear this. I had a chance to meet Pamela when I was visiting Oxford some years ago. A brilliant feminist philosopher and wonderful mentor to her students. What a loss for Oxford and the feminist philosophy community.

  5. Very sad to hear this news. Pamela was a wonderful external advisor on my PhD and also a great, genuinely uplifting and charming conversation partner. Whenever our paths crossed, which unfortunately wasn’t often enough, we always seemed to pick up just where we had left off. Damn, she will be dearly missed.

  6. This is very sad. I knew Pamela through seeing her at various SWIP-UK events and meetings in the 1990s, although I hadn’t seen her for a number of years. She did some great work and was always full of thought and enthusiasm.

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