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Amy Baehr

Professor of Philosophy, Chair


PHD, 1997, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; MA, 1994, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; BA, 1988, Dickinson Coll


I received my B.A. in philosophy and German from Dickinson College, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

At Hofstra, I teach courses in philosophy of law, political philosophy, and women's studies; and I administer the philosophy department's minor in philosophy of law.

Here is a list of some of my publications:


Caring for Liberalism: Dependency and Liberal Political Theory, edited volume with Asha Bhandary (Routledge 2021).

Varieties of Feminist Liberalism, edited volume (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Encyclopedia Articles:

"Liberal Feminism." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edward N. Zalta (ed.) 2007; 2013 (substantive revision); 2020 (substantive revision).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“The Feminist Critique of Liberalism and the Challenge of Right-Wing Populism: A Reply to Gila Stolper." International Journal of Constitutional Law 19(2) (July 2021).

“Political Constructivism and Justice in Caregiving." Caring for Liberalism: Dependency and Liberal Political Theory, edited by Amy R. Baehr and Asha Bhandary (Routledge, 2021), 187-211.

“Substantive Equality and Equal Citizenship." Journal of Applied Philosophy 37(5)(2020): 854-862.

“Women’s Suffrage and the Unfinished Business of Liberal Feminism," in Suffrage and Its Limits: The New York Story, edited by Kathleen Dowley (SUNY, 2020), 113-126.

“A Feminist Liberal Response to the Dependency Critique," in John Rawls: Debating the Major Questions, eds. Jon Mandle and Sarah Roberts-Cady (Oxford, 2020), 219-230.

“A Capacious Account of Liberal Feminism." Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 3(1) (Spring 2017), 1-23.

“Feminist Receptions of the Original Position," in The Original Position, edited by Timothy Hinton (Cambridge University Press, 2016): 119-138.

“Reflections on Zona Vallance’s ‘Women as Moral Beings.’" Ethics 125(1) (October 2014): 200-203.

“Liberal Feminism: Political and Comprehensive," in Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls, edited by Ruth Abbey (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013): 150-166.

"Conservatism, Feminism, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24(2) (April-June 2009): 101-24.

“Feministische Diskurse," in Habermas-Handbuch: Leben, Werk, Wirkung (Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2009): 112-115.

“Perfectionism, Feminism, and Public Reason." Law and Philosophy 27(2) (March 2008): 193-222.

A Feminist Liberal Approach to Hate Crime Legislation." The Journal of Social Philosophy 34(1) (Spring 2003): 134-152.

“Feminist Politics and Feminist Pluralism: Can We Do Feminist Political Theory Without Theories of Gender?" Journal of Political Philosophy 12(4) (December 2004): 411-436.

"Towards a New Feminist Liberalism: Okin, Rawls, and Habermas." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 11(1) (Winter 1996): 49-66. Reprinted in Opponents and Implications of a Theory of Justice, vol. 3 of The Philosophy of Rawls: A Collection of Essays, edited by Henry S. Richardson and Paul J. Weithman (eds.) (Garland, 1999): 295-312.

Amy Baehr CV

Teaching Interests

Contemporary political philosophy, philosophy of law, feminist philosophy

Research Interests

Liberalism and theories of gender justice

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PHI 014F (HP) LAW, POLITICS, & SOCIETY Undergraduate
PHI 015 (HP) LAW, PHIL & PUBLIC LIFE Undergraduate
PHI 120 (HP) PHILOSOPHY OF LAW Undergraduate
PHI 121 (HP) CRIME & PUNISHMENT Undergraduate
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