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Amy Baehr

Professor of Philosophy


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.

Books Edited

Varieties of Feminist Liberalism. Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. "Towards a New Feminist Liberalism: Okin, Rawls, and Habermas." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 11(1) (Winter 1996): 49-66. Reprinted in volume 3 of The Philosophy of Rawls: A Collection of Essays. Volume editor: Henry S. Richardson; series editors Henry S. Richardson and Paul J. Weithman, (Garland Publishing, 1999): 295-312.
  2. "A Feminist Liberal Approach to Hate Crime Legislation." The Journal of Social Philosophy 34(1) (Spring 2003): 134-152. Reprinted in Baehr, ed., Varieties of Feminist Liberalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004): 265-286.
  3. "Introduction" in A. Baehr, ed., Varieties of Feminist Liberalism (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2004): 1-20.
  4. “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. Reprinted in D. Orr, D. Taylor, E. Kahl, K. Earle, C. Rainwater, and L. L. McAlister, eds., Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007):213-242.
  5. “Perfectionism, Feminism, and Public Reason.” Law and Philosophy 27(2) (March 2008): 193-222.
  6. "Conservatism, Feminism, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24(2) (April-June 2009): 101-24.
  7. “Liberal Feminism: Political and Comprehensive.” In Ruth Abbey, ed., Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013): 150-166.
  8. “Feminist Receptions of the Original Position.” In Timothy Hinton, ed., The Original Position, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
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  10. “A Capacious Account of Liberal Feminism." Feminist Philosophy Quarterly http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/vol3/iss1/4/

Encyclopedia Articles

  1. “Feministische Diskurse.” Habermas-Handbuch. Eds., Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide, Cristina Lafont. (Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2009): 112-115. In German. Chinese translation forthcoming (2013), Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing, China.
  2. "Liberal Feminism.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. First published: 2007; substantive revision: 2013.  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-liberal/


  1. Feminists Reconsider the Self (ed. Diana Meyers) and Feminism and Families (ed. Hilde Nelson), in Constellations 4(3) (1998): 457-460.
  2. Partisan or Neutral? by Michael J. White in Teaching Philosophy 23(3) (September 2000): 290-295.
  3. Women’s Voices Women’s, Women’s Rights: Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1996 in Hypatia 17(1) (Winter 2002): 197-200.
  4. Higher Ground: From Utopianism to Realism in American Feminist Thought and Theory by Sally Kitch, in National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 14(1) (Spring 2002): 196-198.
  5. Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin, edited by Debra Satz and Rob Reich (Oxford University Press, 2009) in Social Theory and Practice 36(3) (July 2010): 525-533.
  6. The Return of Feminist Liberalism, by Ruth Abbey (McGill-Queens University Press, 2011). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Posted 12/2011. http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/27831-the-return-of-feminist-liberalism/
  7. “Reflections on Zona Vallance’s ‘Women as Moral Beings.’” Ethics 125(1)(October 2014): 200-203.

Opinion Pieces

  1. “Weighing Hevesi’s Ethical Dilemma.” Newsday (Opinion) 11/24/06.
  2. “The Issue is Not Equal Shares.” Newsday (Opinion) 3/25/07.
  3. “Rights, Life, and the Unborn.” Newsday (Opinion) 10/14/07.
  4. “Jail Only Goes So Far in Ensuring Children’s Safety.” Newsday (Opinion) 8/21/09.


  1. "The General Crisis of Administrative Centralized Socialism: A Sketch Towards a Theory of Reproduction," by Michael Brie. Praxis International 11 (Spring 1991). Translation from the German with Igor Jasinski.
  2. "From Patriarchal Socialism to Socialist Democracy: Thoughts on a New Theory of Society," by Reinhard Mocek. Praxis International 11 (Spring 1991). Translation from the German with Igor Jasinski.

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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