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Edited By: Sally J. Scholz (Villanova University) Book Review Editor: Shelley Wilcox (San Francisco State University)

Impact Factor: 1.038

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 19/41 (Women's Studies)

Online ISSN: 1527-2001

Virtual Issues

Virtual Issues from Hypatia

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Hypatia Essays on the Place of Women in the Profession of Philosophy
Hypatia 25th Anniversary Retrospective



Edited by Ann E. Cudd

This virtual issue brings together essays published by Hypatia over a twenty year timespan that address the question of women’s place in the profession of philosophy. It includes essays about women in the history of philosophy, empirical studies of the representation of women at various career stages in careers in philosophy, analytical essays about why women, including specifically women of color, are not reaching parity with white men in the profession, and essays and reports about what women are doing to change the representation of women in philosophy. The issue highlights the efforts that women have made through the centuries and in the pages of this Journal to demand a place for women as philosophers. Read the full introduction here.

I. Women in philosophy in historical perspective

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, "1895 Letter from Harvard Philosophy Department" 8.2 (1993)

Eileen O'Neill, "Early Modern Women Philosophers and the History of Philosophy" 20.3 (2005)

Dorothy Rogers, "The Other Philosophy Club: America’s First Academic Women Philosophers" 24.2 (2009)

Marije Altorf, "After Cursing the Library: Iris Murdoch and the Invisibility of Women in Philosophy" 26.2 (2011)

II. Contemporary analysis of gender exclusion

Alison Wylie, "Women in Philosophy: The Costs of Exclusion -- Editor's Introduction" 26.2 (2011)

Sara Ruddick, "Review of Alcoff, Singing in the Fire" 21.2 (2006)

Sally Haslanger, "Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason Alone" 23.2 (2008)

Cheshire Calhoun, "The Undergraduate Pipeline Problem" 24.2 (2009)

Molly J. Paxton, Carrie Figdor, and Valerie Tiberius, "Quantifying the Gender Gap: An Empirical Study of the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy" 27.4 (2012)

III. Analysis of Race & Gender exclusion

Kristie Dotson, "Concrete Flowers: Contemplating the Profession of Philosophy" 26.2 (2011)

George Yancy, "Introduction: Situated Voices: Black Women in/on the Profession of Philosophy" 23.2 (2008)

George Yancy, et.al., "Situated Voices: Black Women in/on the Profession of Philosophy" 23.2 (2008)

Lauren Freeman, "Review of Yancy, The Center Must not Hold" 26.2 (2011)

IV. Positive proposals for change: what we are doing about it

Virginia Valian, "Beyond Gender Schemas: Improving the Advancement of Women in Academia" 20.3 (2005)

Kathryn T. Gines, "Being a Black Woman Philosopher: Reflections on Founding the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers" 26.2 (2011)

Louise Antony and Ann Cudd, "The Mentoring Project" 27.2 (2012)

Jacqui Poltera, "Women and the Ethos of Philosophy: Shedding Light on Mentoring and Competition" 26.2 (2011)



Edited By: Lori Gruen and Alison Wylie

Hypatia has been publishing pivotal feminist philosophy for over a quarter century; the first issues were hosted by Women's Studies International Forum (1983-1985) and Hypatia was established as an autonomous journal in 1986. We honor this milestone and the accomplishments of everyone who has contributed to the success of Hypatia with a Special Issue, Feminist Legacies / Feminist Futures (25.4) and the publication of this Retrospective Virtual Issue. The articles that make up the Virtual Issue were nominated by Hypatia readers as especially significant in the development of feminist philosophy. We present here the top sixteen nominations in chronological order. Follow this link for a list of the WSIF nominees, and for quotes and dedications from the nominations.

Playfulness, 'World'-travelling, and Loving Perception
María Lugones

Can There Be a Feminist Science?
Helen E. Longino

Working Together Across Difference: Some Considerations on Emotions and Political Practice
Uma Narayan

Gendered Reason: Sex Metaphor and Conceptions of Reason
Phyllis Rooney

Male Lesbians and the Postmodernist Body
Jacquelyn N. Zita

Being Dismissed: The Politics of Emotional Expression
Sue Campbell

Twenty Years of Feminist Philosophy
Ann Ferguson

Feminist Epistemology: An Interpretation and a Defense
Elizabeth Anderson

Rape as a Weapon of War
Claudia Card

Locating Traitorous Identities: Toward a Privilege-Cognizant View of White Character
Alison Bailey

Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance
Nancy Tuana

'Ideal Theory' As Ideology
Charles W. Mills

Being Lovingly, Knowingly Ignorant: White Feminism and Women of Color
Mariana Ortega

Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)
Sally Haslanger

Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability
Susan Wendell

Nature, Self, and Gender: Feminism, Environmental Philosophy, and the Critique of Rationalism
Val Plumwood



Edited by Linda Martín-Alcoff

Embodiment has been a central theme in feminist philosophy from its early days. Our recent Special Issue on The Ethics of Embodiment, edited by Debra Bergoffen and Gail Weiss (26:3, Summer 2011), generated such interest that it resulted in two subsequent thematic clusters: “Contesting the Norms of Embodiment” (27.2, Spring 2012), and “Further Essays on Embodiment” (28.1, Winter 2013). The essays selected for this Virtual Issue illuminate how the topic of embodiment has been broached over the years by Hypatia authors, how it has developed, and what topics have received the most focus. Hypatia has been the site of some of the most innovative feminist theorizing on this subject; this Virtual Issue provides a taste of the range of work on embodiment published by Hypatia since the mid-1980s. Read the full introduction here.

I. Historical Resources

Kristen Kennedy ,“Hipparchia the Cynic: Feminist Rhetoric and the Ethics of Embodiment” 14.2 (1999)

Deborah Tollefsen, “Princess Elisabeth and the Problem of Mind-Body Interaction” 14.3 (1999)

II. The Question of the Maternal

Ann Ferguson, “Motherhood and Sexuality: Some Feminist Questions” 1.2 (1986)

Sarah-Vaughan Brakman and Sally J. Scholz, “Adoption, ART, and a Reconception of the Maternal Body: Toward Embodied Maternity” 21.1 (2006)

Kelly Oliver, “Conflicted Love” 15.3 (2000)

III. The Question of Essentialism

Vicki Kirby, “Corporeal Habits: Addressing Essentialism Differently” 6.3 (1991)

Claire Colebrook, “From Radical Representations to Corporeal Becomings: The Feminist Philosophy of Lloyd, Grosz, and Gatens” 15.2 (2000)

IV. Embodied Gender Norms

Alexa Schriempf , “(Re)fusing the Amputated Body: An Interactionist Bridge for Feminism and Disability” 16.4 (2001)

Diane Perpich, “Corpus Meum: Disintegrating Bodies and the Ideal of Integrity” 20.3 (2005)

V. The Contributions of Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray, “Is the Subject of Science Sexed?” 2.3 (1987)

Margaret Whitford, “Irigaray’s Body Symbolic” 6.3 (1991)

Alison Stone, “The Sex of Nature: A Reinterpretation of Irigaray’s Metaphysics and Political Thought” 18.3 (2003)

VI. The Debate over Foucault

Lois McNay, “The Foucauldian Body and the Exclusion of Experience” 6.3 (1991)

Ann J. Cahill, “Foucault, Rape and the Construction of the Feminine Body” 15.1 (2000)

Johanna Oksala, “Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience” 19.4 (2004)