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Alison's main research interests are in two areas: (1) Feminist philosophy: particularly Irigaray and French feminism; concepts of sex, gender and the body; feminism and psychoanalysis; motherhood; and (2) Post-Kantian continental philosophy: particularly Early German Romanticism, Hegel and German Idealism; Marx and Marxism; the Frankfurt School; existentialism. Alison's books are Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2006), An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Polity Press, 2007), and Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011). She has also edited The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Other topics on which she has published include the ideas of Adorno, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva; the relations between philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy; feminist debates about essentialism; and the relations between existentialism and atheism. She is an Associate Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

PhD Supervision Interests

Feminist philosophy

German Idealism and Romanticism

nineteenth-century German philosophy

twentieth-century Continental philosophy

French feminism

Hegel

Research Interests

My main research interests are in two areas: (1) Feminist philosophy: particularly Irigaray and French feminism; concepts of sex, gender and the body; feminism and psychoanalysis; motherhood; and (2) Post Kantian continental philosophy: particularly Early German Romanticism, Hegel and German Idealism; Marx and Marxism; the Frankfurt School; existentialism; aesthetics in the continental tradition.

    Within these areas I have written four books and am working on a fifth. The first, on Hegel's metaphysics and philosophy of nature, is Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2004). This became the focus of an author-meets-critics session at an American Philosophical Association conference in 2005; that session developed into a journal issue (Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain issue 51/52: Stone on Hegel's Philosophy of Nature). I have since published a number of other journal articles on Hegel's philosophy of nature and the philosophies of nature of other German Idealist and Romantic thinkers, such as Schelling, Schlegel, Novalis and Hoelderlin.

    My second book was Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2006). The writing of this book was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2004-5, and the book became the focus of an author-meets-critics session at the 2007 conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, which evolved into a Critical Exchange with respondents in differences: Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 19: 3 (2008). Since then I have continued to publish articles on Luce Irigaray's thought.

    My next book was An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Polity Press, 2007), designed as an introductory textbook on the subject for students and general readers. The book covers: the nature of feminist philosophy; concepts of sex, gender, sexuality, sexual difference, and essentialism; birth; and the relations between feminist philosophy and feminist politics.

    Most recently, in 2011 my book Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and
Maternal Subjectivity
(Routledge, 2011) came out. In this book I develop a philosophical and psychoanalytic approach to maternal subjectivity. The book covers such topics as maternal ambivalence, matricide, mother-daughter relationships, and the relation between maternity and cyclical time.

     I've also edited and introduced the Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), part of a new multi-volume series in history of philosophy.

    Currently I am working on a monograph on the aesthetics of popular music, provisionally called An Aesthetics of Pop Music. Other topics on which I have published work include: the ideas of Adorno, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva; the relations between philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy; feminist debates about essentialism; and the relations between existentialism and atheism. 

Current Teaching

I am not teaching at undergraduate level during the academic year 2013-14.

Ordinarily I teach on the undergraduate modules Aesthetics (PPR.301), History of Philosophy (PPR.201). I have also recently taught on the Ethics, Philosophy and Religion first year course. (EPR 100)

Profile

Career details

I did my DPhil at the University of Sussex from 1994 to 1998. My thesis was 'Sexual Difference and the Philosophy of Nature: Hegel, Irigaray and the Material'.

After finishing my DPhil I took up a temporary Lectureship in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, lecturing mainly in political and feminist philosophy (1998-1999).

Then for three years I held the Thole Research Fellowship in Philosophy at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (1999-2002).

I then came to the then Centre for Philosophy at Lancaster in 2002.

From 2004-2005 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and in 2007 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2005 I received a Research Prize from Lancaster University and an (annual) prize for the best article in the journal Contemporary Political Theory.

I am an appointed member of REF 2014 Sub-Panel 32, Philosophy.

Office Hours

I am bought out of teaching in Michaelmas 2013 and on sabbatical leave in Lent 2014. 

 

Selected Publications

Hegel, Naturalism and the Philosophy of Nature

Stone, A. 05/2013 In: Hegel Bulletin. 34, 1, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Against Matricide: Rethinking subjectivity and the maternal body.

Stone, A. 1/01/2012 In: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 27, 1, p. 118-138 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity

Stone, A. 12/10/2011 London: Routledge. 194 p. (Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Stone, A. (ed.) 06/2011 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 344 p. (The Edinburgh critical history of philosophy).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The Romantic Absolute

Stone, A. 2011 In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 19, 3, p. 497-517 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Natality and mortality: rethinking death with Cavarero.

Stone, A. 08/2010 In: Continental Philosophy Review. 43, 3, p. 353-372 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2007 Polity Press. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference.

Stone, A. 2006 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 260 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2004 SUNY Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

In Press

Philosophy of Nature

Stone, A. 30/06/2014 G. F. W. Hegel: key concepts. Baur, M. (ed.). Durham: Acumen

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Philosophy of Nature

Stone, A. 2014 The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century German Philosophy. Forster, M. & Gjesdal, K. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2014

Sexual polarity in Schelling and Hegel

Stone, A. 03/2014 Reproduction, race and gender in the early life sciences. Lettow, S. (ed.). New York: SUNY Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Alienation from nature and early German romanticism

Stone, A. 02/2014 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 17, 1, p. 41-54 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Hegel on law, women, and contract

Stone, A. 24/01/2014 Feminist encounters with legal philosophy. Drakopoulou, M. (ed.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

Hegel, Naturalism and the Philosophy of Nature

Stone, A. 05/2013 In: Hegel Bulletin. 34, 1, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Existentialism and atheism

Stone, A. 2013 Oxford handbook of atheism. Bullivant, S. & Ruse, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Against Matricide: Rethinking subjectivity and the maternal body.

Stone, A. 1/01/2012 In: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 27, 1, p. 118-138 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Psychoanalytic feminism and the dynamics of mothering a daughter

Stone, A. 2012 Philosophical inquiry into pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering: maternal subjects. Lintott, S. & Sander-Staudt, M. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Holderlin and Human-Nature Relations

Stone, A. 2012 Human-Environment Relations: Transformative Values in Theory and Practice. Brady, E. & Phemister, P. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 55-67 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Gender, the family, and the organic state in Hegel's Political Thought

Stone, A. 02/2012 Hegel's philosophy of right. Brooks, T. (ed.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity

Stone, A. 12/10/2011 London: Routledge. 194 p. (Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The Romantic Absolute

Stone, A. 2011 In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 19, 3, p. 497-517 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Mother-daughter relations and the maternal in Irigaray and Chodorow.

Stone, A. 2011 In: Philosophia: Journal of Continental Feminism. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Stone, A. (ed.) 06/2011 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 344 p. (The Edinburgh critical history of philosophy).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2010

Hegel and feminist politics: a symposium.

Stone, A., Bauer, N., Hutchings, K. & Pulkkinen, T. 09/2010 Hegel's philosophy and feminist thought: beyond antigone?. Hutchings, K. & Pulkkinen, T. (eds.). Macmillan, 286 p. (Breaking feminist waves).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Matter and form: Hegel's Organicism and the difference between women and men.

Stone, A. 09/2010 Hegel's philosophy and feminist thought: beyond antigone?. Hutchings, K. & Pulkkinen, T. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, 286 p. (Breaking feminist waves).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Natality and mortality: rethinking death with Cavarero.

Stone, A. 08/2010 In: Continental Philosophy Review. 43, 3, p. 353-372 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Matter and form: Hegel, organicism and the difference between women and men.

Stone, A. 07/2010 Hegel's philosophy and feminist thought: beyond antigone?. Hutchings, K. & Pulkkinen, T. (eds.). Macmillan, 286 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

French feminism: the maternal against disciplinary power.

Stone, A. 2009 In: Studies in The Maternal. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Intelligibility, materiality, politics: recent work on Judith Butler

Stone, A. 2009 In: International Feminist Journal of Politics. 11, 3, p. 433-453 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

German romantic and idealist conceptions of nature.

Stone, A. 2009 International Yearbook of German Idealism. Stolzenberg, J., Ameriks, K. & Rush, F. (eds.). De Gruyter, Vol. 6, p. 80-101 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Being, knowledge and nature in Novalis.

Stone, A. 01/2008 In: Journal of the History of Philosophy. 46, 1, p. 141-164 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Unthought nature.

Stone, A. 2008 In: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. 19, 3, p. 150-157 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Nineteenth century philosophy.

Stone, A. 11/2008 Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Callicott, J. B. & Frodeman, R. (eds.). Gale Cengage, 1127 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Adorno and logic.

Stone, A. 2008 Theodor Adorno: key concepts. Cook, D. (ed.). Acumen, 212 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

On alienation from life.

Stone, A. 2008 In: The Owl of Minerva. 40, 1, p. 69-75 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Unthought nature: reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader.

Stone, A. 2008 In: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. 19, 3, p. 150-157 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2007 Polity Press. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

On the genealogy of women: against essentialism.

Stone, A. 05/2007 Third wave feminism: a critical exploration. Gillis, S., Howie, G. & Munford, R. (eds.). Macmillan, 288 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The incomplete materialism of french materialist feminism.

Stone, A. 09/2007 In: Radical Philosophy. 145

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2006

Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference.

Stone, A. 2006 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 260 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Sexing the state: familial and political form in Irigaray and Hegel

Stone, A. 2006 In: Radical Philosophy. 113, p. 24-36 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Adorno and the disenchantment of nature

Stone, A. 03/2006 In: Philosophy and Social Criticism. 32, 2, p. 231-254 24 p.

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2005

Nature, continental philosophy, and environmental ethics.

Stone, A. 08/2005 In: Environmental Values. 14, 3, p. 285-294 10 p.

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Response to Halper and Dahlstrom.

Stone, A. 2005 In: Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. 51/52, 1, p. 22-27 6 p.

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Friedrich Schlegel, Romanticism, and the Re-enchantment of Nature.

Stone, A. 1/02/2005 In: Inquiry. 48, 1, p. 3-25 23 p.

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Towards a Genealogical Feminism: A Reading of Judith Butler's Political Thought.

Stone, A. 2005 In: Contemporary Political Theory. 4, 1, p. 4-24 21 p.

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Introduction: Nature, Environmental Ethics, and Continental Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2005 In: Environmental Values. 14, 3, p. 1-10 10 p.

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2004

Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2004 SUNY Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Irigaray.

Stone, A. 2004 The Great Thinkers. Baggini, J. (ed.). Continuum

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism in Feminist Philosophy.

Stone, A. 2004 In: Journal of Moral Philosophy. 1, 2, p. 135-153 19 p.

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From Political to Realist Essentialism: Rereading Luce Irigaray.

Stone, A. 2004 In: Feminist Theory. 5, 1, p. 5-23 19 p.

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Going beyond oppositional thinking? the possibility of a Hegelian feminist philosophy.

Stone, A. 09/2004 In: Res Publica. 10, 3, p. 301-310 10 p.

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On the genealogy of women: against essentialism.

Stone, A. 2004 Third wave feminism: a critical assessment. Gillis, S., Howie, G. & Munford, B. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 85-96 12 p.

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2003

Irigaray and Holderlin on the Relation Between Nature and Culture.

Stone, A. 2003 In: Continental Philosophy Review. 36, 4, p. 415-432 18 p.

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The sex of nature: a reinterpretation of Irigaray's 'Metaphysics and political thought'.

Stone, A. 2003 In: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 18, 3, p. 60-84 25 p.

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Feminist criticisms and reinterpretations of Hegel.

Stone, A. 2003 In: Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. 45/46, p. 93-109 17 p.

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Hegel's dialectic and the recognition of feminine difference.

Stone, A. 2003 In: Philosophy Today. 29 (Su, p. 132-139 8 p.

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2002

Ethical Implications of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature.

Stone, A. 05/2002 In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 10, 2, p. 243-260 18 p.

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2000

Hegel's philosophy of nature: overcoming the division between matter and thought.

Stone, A. 2000 In: Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review. 39, 4, p. 725-743 19 p.

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1999

Hegel's theory of natural sexual relationships.

Stone, A. 11/1999 In: Women's Philosophy Review. 22, p. 34-57 24 p.

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  • A Companion to Feminist Philosophy

    01/07/2013 → 01/10/2017
    With Prof. Ann Garry (California State University, Los Angeles) and Prof. Serene Khader (SUNY at Stony Brook), Alison Stone is co-editing the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, a major new an ... Read more»
  • Early German Romanticism

    01/07/2011 → 31/12/2014
    Alison Stone is completing a monograph on the philosophy of the Early German Romantics, Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, and Friedrich Hoelderlin. The monograph focuses on their ideas of nature. ... Read more»
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