Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3144

Phyllis Rooney

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Phyllis Rooney

Title: Professor
Office: 748 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: (248) 370-3392

Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

Major Fields
Feminist philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic and argumentation.

"Rationality and Objectivity in Feminist Philosophy," in The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, eds. Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader, and Alison Stone.  New York: Routledge, 2017.

"The Borderlands between Epistemic and Non-Epistemic Values," in Current Controversies in Values in Science, eds. Kevin Elliot and Daniel Steel.  New York: Routledge, 2017.

"An Ambivalent Ally: On Philosophical Argumentation and Diversity," American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, vol 13, no 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 36-42.

"When Philosophical Argumentation Impedes Social and Political Progress," Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 43, no 3, (Fall 2012), pp. 317-333.

“What is Distinctive About Feminist Epistemology at 25?” in Out From the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy, ed. Sharon Crasnow and Anita Superson. Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 339-375.

“The Marginalization of Feminist Epistemology and What That Reveals about Epistemology ‘Proper’” in Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Power in Knowledge, ed. Heidi Grasswick. Dordrecht, Holland: Springer, 2011, pp. 3-24.

"Philosophy, Adversarial Argumentation, and Embattled Reason,” Informal Logic, vol. 30, no 3 (2010), pp. 203-234.

“Epistemic Responsibility and Ecological Thinking,” Hypatia 2008, 23(1), 170-176

"Feminist Epistemology and Naturalized Epistemology: An Uneasy Alliance," in Re Reading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Quine, eds. Lynn Hankinson Nelson and Jack Nelson, Penn State Press, 2003, pp. 205-239.

"Philosophy, Language, and Wizardry," in Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein, eds. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor, Penn State Press, 2002, pp. 25-47.

“Gender and Moral Reasoning Revisited: Reengaging Feminist Psychology,” in Feminists Doing Ethics, eds. Peggy DesAutels and Joanne Waugh, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001, pp. 153-166. (This volume was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003)

"Putting Naturalized Epistemology to Work," in Epistemology: The Big Questions, ed. Linda Martín Alcoff, Blackwell, 1998, pp. 285-305.

"Methodological Issues in the Construction of Gender as a Meaningful Variable in Scientific Studies of Cognition" PSA 1994, Volume 2, D. Hull, M. Forbes, and R. M. Burian (eds.), East Lansing, MI : Philosophy of Science Association, 1995, pp. 109 119.

"Rationality and the Politics of Gender Difference" Metaphilosophy, vol. 26, nos. 1/2 (Jan/Apr 1995), pp. 22 45.

"Recent Work in Feminist Discussions of Reason" American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (Jan. 1994), pp. 1 21. Section II of this paper, “The ‘Maleness’ of Reason” reprinted in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV, Cork University Press, 2002, pp. 708-712

"Feminist Pragmatist Revisionings of Reason, Knowledge, and Philosophy" Hypatia, vol. 8, no. 2 (Spring 1993), pp. 15 37.

"On Values in Science: Is the Epistemic/Non Epistemic Distinction Useful?" PSA 1992, Volume 1, D. Hull, M. Forbes, and K. Okruhlik (eds.), East Lansing, MI.: Philosophy of Science Association, 1992, pp. 13 22.

"A Different Different Voice: On the Feminist Challenge in Moral Theory" The Philosophical Forum, vol. 22, no. 4 (Summer 1991), pp. 335 361.

"Gendered Reason: Sex Metaphor and Conceptions of Reason" Hypatia, vol. 6, no. 2 (Summer 1991), pp. 77 103. Reprinted (translated into Swedish) in Feministisk Filosofi, Ewa Jeanette Emt and Elisabeth Mansén, eds., Nora: Nya Doxa, (Sweden), 1994, pp. 47-78. Reprinted in Hypatia’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective Virtual Issue as one of sixteen articles that were nominated by Hypatia readers as pivotal in their own thinking and especially significant in the development of feminist philosophy.

Co-authored Introductions to Co-edited Journal Special Issues

"Reasoning for Change," introduction to special issue of Informal Logic, vol. 30, no. 3 (2010), with Catherine Hundleby.

"Just Reason," introduction to special issue of Studies in Social Justice, vol. 4, no. 1 (2010), with Catherine Hundleby.

Proceedings & Shorter Papers

Commentary on: Khameiel Al-Tamimi’s “Feminist Alternatives to Traditional Argumentation,” forthcoming inProceedings of the 2009 Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference

“Reasoning and Social Context: The Role of Social Status and Power,” in Hans V. Hansen et al. (eds), (CD-ROMProceedings of the 2007 OSSA Conference Dissensus and the Search for Common Ground, Windsor, ON. 2007).

“Epistemology as Liberatory Practice,” in Action, Passion and Politics: Feminist Controversies, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium of Women Philosophers (IAPH) Conference (2002), University of Barcelona Press, 2004, pp. 367-370

Feminism and Argumentation: A Response to Govier,” in Informal Logic at 25, CD-Rom Proceedings of the 2003 Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference, edited by J. Blair, R. Johnson, H. Hansen and C. Tindale.

"Philosophy" and "Emotions/Rationality," in Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, Lorraine Code, general editor (London: Routledge) 2000.