Professor Alison Stone


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.

With Christoph Schuringa, I co-edit the journal the Hegel Bulletin, published by Cambridge University Press(

Within these areas I have written four books. 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 and Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain issue 51/52: Stone on Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature. I have since published 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), supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2004-5, and the focus of an author-meets-critics session at the 2007 conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and a Critical Exchange 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, andMaternal Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011) came out. In this book I develop a philosophical and psychoanalytic approach to maternal subjectivity. The book covers 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 Popular 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.

Selected Publications Show all 57 publications

Alienation from nature and early German romanticism
Stone, A. 02/2014 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 17, 1, p. 41-54. 14 p.
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Sexual polarity in Schelling and Hegel
Stone, A. 03/2014 In: Reproduction, race and gender in the early life sciences. New York : SUNY Press ISBN: 9781438449494.

Sexual difference
Stone, A. 02/2015 In: Oxford handbook of feminist theory. Oxford : Oxford University Press

Hegel, Naturalism and the Philosophy of Nature
Stone, A. 05/2013 In: Hegel Bulletin. 34, 1, p. 59-78. 20 p.
Journal article

Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity
Stone, A. 12/10/2011 London : Routledge. 194 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-88542-3.

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

Natality and mortality : rethinking death with Cavarero.
Stone, A. 08/2010 In: Continental Philosophy Review. 43, 3, p. 353-372. 20 p.
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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.
Journal article

The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Stone, A. 06/2011 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 344 p. ISBN: 9780748635665.

Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference.
Stone, A. 2006 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 260 p. ISBN: 0-5218-6270-1.

Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy.
Stone, A. 2004 SUNY Press. 224 p. ISBN: 0-7914-6294-3.

An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy.
Stone, A. 2007 Polity Press. 248 p. ISBN: 978-0745638829.