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Anderson Hall 223

2021-2023 Academic Years: Wayne 726


B.S., North Dakota State University

M.A., New School for Social Research

Ph.D., University of Oregon

Joan Woolfrey




Ethical Theory


Environmental Ethics

Feminist Thought

Recent Courses

WOS 305 Intellectual Roots of Western Feminism

PHI 371 Medical Ethics

PHI 412 Ethical Theories

PHI 340 Contemporary Moral Issues


Currently interim chair of the Women's & Gender Studies Department, her most recent scholarship centers around feminist virtue ethics, and her current research project involves the concept of contempt and whether it has any moral value.  Her most recent publications include: 

"The Virtue of Ambivalence to Maternity." In Maternal Tug, eds. Tanya Cassidy, Susan Hogan and Sarah LaChance Adams. Toronto, ON, Canada:  Demeter Press, 2019.

"The Primacy of Hope." Social Philosophy Today, ed. Jeffrey Gauthier, Vol. 32, Summer 2016.

"The Infectiousness of Hope." Journal for Philosophy in the Contemporary World 22(2), 94-103, 2015.

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