Bringing feminist perspective to contemporary philosophy

February 20, 2012 •

Alison Jaggar, a CU-Boulder Professor of Distinction in philosophy and women and gender studies, is a pioneer in introducing feminist concerns into philosophy and in establishing the discipline of women and gender studies.

Professor Jaggar’s recent work introduces gender as a category of analysis in the philosophical debate on global justice. Currently, Jaggar is a member of "Fempov," a multidisciplinary and international research project whose aim is to produce a new poverty standard or metric capable of revealing the gendered dimensions of global poverty. In addition, she is exploring the potential of a naturalized approach to moral epistemology for addressing moral disputes in contexts of inequality and cultural difference.

As a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy and a member of the American Philosophical Association, Jaggar has taken a lead role in working to improve the global status of women. She works in the areas of contemporary social, moral and political philosophy, often from a feminist perspective. Jaggar’s recent and forthcoming books include Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press, 2008), Abortion: Three Perspectives, with Michael Tooley, Philip E. Devine and Celia Wolf-Devine (Oxford University Press, 2009); Pogge and his Critics (Polity 2010); and Gender and Global Justice (forthcoming; Polity 2013). She is also planning a co-authored book on Ethics Across Borders.

In recognition of her distinguished service, Jaggar is this year’s winner of the university’s Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. The award honors an outstanding faculty member for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching. It is the only award across the University of Colorado System that specifically recognizes outstanding work on women’s issues and efforts to advance women in the academy, and is conferred yearly by the CU Faculty Council’s Women’s Committee.

Professor Jaggar will receive the award at CU Women Succeeding: The 10th Annual Professional Development Symposium, set for Feb. 23-24 at CU-Boulder. During the Feb. 24 symposium luncheon, Jaggar will present her scholarly work in an address titled, “The Feminization of Global Poverty: How Can Philosophy Help?” Due to high demand, registration for the symposium already has reached capacity.