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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. Also, together with Ann Garry and Serene Khader, I am editing the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy.

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 2014-15.

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)

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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 on research leave throughout the 2014-15 academic year. 

 

Selected Publications

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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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