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Pragmatist Feminism
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2016)
  • Danielle L Lake
  • Judy Whipps, Grand Valley State University
Pragmatist feminism is a developing field of philosophy that emerged in the 1990s as a new approach to feminist philosophy. It utilizes and integrates core concepts of pragmatism, including its emphasis on pluralism, lived experience and public philosophy, with feminist theory and practice in order to engage in social issues. Pragmatist feminist philosophers have been addressing several different projects over the past decades, including a) the recovery of women who were influential in the development of American pragmatism but whose work subsequently all but disappeared in the history of philosophy, b) a rereading of the “canon” of pragmatist philosophers, analyzing their writing in light of their philosophies and attitudes about women, and c) the utilization of pragmatist philosophies as a resource for contemporary feminist philosophy and activism. The late 20th century saw a resurgence of interest in American pragmatist philosophy, and part of the energy of that resurgence is due to feminist interest in pragmatism.
  • Feminism,
  • Pragmatism,
  • American Philosophy,
  • Jane Addams,
  • education
Publication Date
Fall 2016
Citation Information
Whipps, Judy and Lake, Danielle, "Pragmatist Feminism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.),