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Cheshire Calhoun

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Biography

Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bio

Cheshire Calhoun works in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. Her books are Doing Valuable Time: The Present, the Future and Meaningful Living (forthcoming 2018, OUP), Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting it Right and Practicing Morality with Others (OUP 2016), Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet (Oxford, 2000), tand wo edited collections, What is an Emotion? (coedited with Robert C. Solomon, Oxford, 1984), Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers. (Oxford, 2004). Her publisherd essays are on such topics as intimidation, meaningful living, forgiveness,  shame, common decency, and civility. Two of her essays were judged by The Philosopher's Annual to be among the top ten essays to appear in print, "Changing One's Heart," in 1992 and "The Virtue of Civility,", in 2000, and "Geographies of Meaningful Living" won the annual essay prize from the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

personal webpage: cheshirecalhoun.com

Professional Service

Cheshire Calhoun edits the Oxford University Press series Studies in Feminist Philosophy. She chairs the American Philosophical Association's board of officers. She has served as chair of the philosophy departments at Colby College and University of Kentucky, director of Women’s Studies at Colby College and the College of Charleston, and is currently faculty head of philosophy at ASU.

Teaching

Cheshire Calhoun teaches courses on philosophy of emotion, modern philosophy, moral psychology, ethical theory, feminist philosophical literature.

Recent Publications

1.  Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting it Right and Practicing Morality with Others  (Oxford University Press, 2015)

2. Doing Valuable Time: The Present, the Future and Meaningful Living (OUP, 2018)

3. "On Being Content with Imperfection," forthcoming Ethics 127, no. 2 (January 2017): 327-352.

4. "Intimidation," forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Ethics

5. "Geographies of Meaningful Living," Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (2015): 15-34

 

 

 

 

 

Education

PhD (1981), MA (1978) from University of Texas at Austin

BA (1974) from Northwestern University, with honors in philosophy

Research Interests

Cheshire Calhoun works in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. Her publications include Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting it Right and Practicing Morality with Others (OUP 2016), Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet (OUP, 2000), two edited collections, What is an Emotion? (coedited with Robert C. Solomon, OUP, 1984) and Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers (OUP, 2004), as well as essays on forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, and civility. She has been particularly interested in arguments for same-sex marriage rights in the US. Her forthcoming book, Doing Valuable Time, centers on the interconnections between our capacity for evaluation and our temporality. That work includes essays on depression and demoralization, meaning in life, hope, boredom, commitment, and contentment. Two of her essays were judged by The Philosopher's Annual to be among the top ten essays to appear in print in 1992 ("Changing One's Heart") and 2000 ("The Virtue of Civility"), and "Geographies of Meaningful Living" won the Journal of Applied Philosophy's prize for the best essay in volume 32.

Publications

Books:

  • Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting it Right and Practicing Morality with Others, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet: Lesbian & Gay Displacement. Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • What is an Emotion? Classic Readings in Philosophical Psychology. Coedited with Robert C. Solomon. Oxford University Press, 1984. Spanish translation by Mariluz Caso (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1989).
  • Leaving Home: Reflections on Lesbianism and Feminism, in Chinese only, translated by Chuanfen Chang, Taiwan: Fembooks, 1997.  (This is a collection of four of my previously published essays)

Articles & Chapters:

  • “Intimidation,” forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • “Precluded Interests,” Hypatia 30, no. 2 (2015): 475-485
  • “Geographies of Meaningful Living,” Journal of Applied Philosophy  32, no. 1 (2015): 15-34
  • “Calculating Lies,” to be included in Lying: The Making of the World (book contract not yet secured).
  • “But What about the Animals?” Reason, Value, and Respect: Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill, Jr., eds. Mark Timmons and Robert N. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 2015), 194-211.
  • “Reliable Democratic Habits and Emotions,” in Nomos LIII: Passions and Emotions, ed. James Fleming (New York University Press, 2013).
  • “Living with Boredom,” Sophia 50 (2):269-279.
  • “What Good is Commitment?” Ethics 119, no. 4 (July 2009): 613-641.
  • “The Undergraduate Pipeline Problem” Hypatia 24.2 (Spring 2009): 216-223. Reprinted in Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change? Edited by Fiona Jenkins and Katrina Hutchison (forthcoming 2012).
  • “Losing One’s Self,” in Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, eds. Catriona MacKenzie and Kim Atkins, (Routledge: New York & London, 2008).
  • “Reflections on the Metavirtue of Sensitivity to Suffering,” Hypatia, 23 (2008): 182 -188
  •  “Who’s Afraid of Polygamous Marriage: Lessons for Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy from the History of Polygamy,” San Diego Law Review 42 (2005): 1023-1042. Reprinted in Readings in Political Philosophy, eds. Richard Fumerton and Diane Jeske (Broadview Press, August 2011).
  • “Same-Sex Marriage,” In Alan Soble, ed., Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005).
  •  “Lesbian Philosophy” in A Guide to Feminist Philosophy, ed. Eva Kittay and Linda Alcoff (Blackwell, 2006)
  •  “An Apology for Moral Shame,” Journal of Political Philosophy, June 2004.
  • “Common Decency,” in Setting the Moral Compass.
  •  “Expecting Decency,” Philosophy of Education Society Annual, 2002.
  • “Defending Marriage”, Reprint in The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 6th ed., ed. Alan Soble, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
  • “The Virtue of Civility,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 29(2000): 251-275. Reprinted in The Philosopher’s Annual, vol. 23, eds. Patrick Grim, Peter Ludlow, Kenneth Baynes, and Gary Mar (Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 2002).
  • “Thinking about the Plurality of Genders,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 16 (2001): 67-74.
  • "Making Up Emotional People: The Case of Romantic Love," in The Emotions of Law, edited by Susan Bandes (New York University Press, 1999).
  • "Political Correctness" in The Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2nd ed., edited by Lawrence and Charlotte Becker (Routledge, 2001).
  • "Moral Failure," in On Feminist Ethics and Politics, edited by Claudia Card (University of Kansas Press, 1999).
  • "Taking Seriously Dual Systems and Sex," Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (part of a symposium on my work) 13(1998): 224-231.
  • "Family Outlaws," Philosophical Studies 85(1997): 181-193.
  • “Family’s Outlaws: Rethinking the Connections between Feminism, Lesbianism, and the Family,” Feminism and Families, edited by Hilde Nelson (New York: Routledge, 1996).  Reprinted in Contemporary Moral Issues in a Diverse Society, edited by Julie M. McDonald (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1998). Reprinted in Analyzing Moral Issues, 2nd ed., edited by Judith Boss (McGraw-Hill). Reprinted in Morality Matter : Race, Class, and Gender in Applied Ethics, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo (McGraw-Hill)
  • "Must Lesbian Choices be Feminist Choices?" Journal of Homosexuality 32(1996): 7-20.
  • “Standing for Something,” Journal of Philosophy 92 (May 1995): 235-260. Excerpt reprinted in Thirteen Questions in Ethics, edited by Lee Bowie, Kathleen Higgins, and Meredith Michaels (Harcourt Brace, 1999); Honest Work, edited by Joanne Ciulla, Clancy Martin, and Robert Solomon (Wadsworth, 2006).
  • "Sexuality Injustice," Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Symposium On Sexual Orientation, 9 (1995): 241-274.  Shorter version reprinted in Moral Issues in Global Perspective, edited by Christine Koggel (Broadview Press, 1999).
  • "The Gender Closet: Lesbian Disappearance under the Sign 'Women'" Feminist Studies 21 (1995): 7-34.  Reprinted in Lesbian Subjects: A Feminist Reader, edited by Martha Vicinus (Indiana University Press, 1996). Also reprinted in Women and Values: Readings in Recent Feminist Philosophy (3rd ed), edited by Marilyn Pearsall (Belmont CA:Wadsworth, 1999).
  • "Kant and Compliance with Conventionalized Injustice," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 32(1994): 135-159.
  • "Denaturalizing and Desexualizing Lesbian and Gay Identity," Virginia Law Review 79(1993): 1859-1875.
  • "Separating Lesbian Theory from Feminist Theory," Ethics  104(1994): 558-581.  Reprinted in Feminist Ethics & Social Theory: A Sourcebook, edited by Diana T. Meyers (Routledge: 1997). Reprinted in Academic Reading: A Selection of Readings, edited by Giltrow (Broadview Press1994 and forthcoming). Edited reprint in Feminist Theory: Core Concepts, Lived Differences, Global Perspectives, edited by Sarah Tilley (forthcoming Routledge).
  • "Changing One's Heart,"  Ethics 103 (October 1992):76-96. Reprinted in The Philosophers Annual, Vol. XV, edited by Patrick Grim, Gary Mar, and Peter Williams, (Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview Publishing Co., 1994).
  • "Emotional Work," Explorations in Feminist Ethics: Theory & Practice, edited by Eve Browning Cole and Susan Coultrap-McQuin (Indiana University Press, 1992).
  • "Responsibility & Reproach," Ethics 99(January 1989): 389-406.  Reprinted in Feminism & Political Theory, edited by Cass R. Sunstein (University of Chicago Press, 1990).
  • "Subjectivity & Emotion," Philosophical Forum 22(1989): 195-210.
  • "Justice, Care, Gender Bias," Journal of Philosophy 85(1988): 451-463. Reprinted in Ethical Theory 4th edition, edited by Louis Pojman (Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2001). Reprinted in The International Research Library of Philosophy, volume on Feminist Ethics, edited by Moira J. Gatens (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, forthcoming).  Edited reprint in Twenty Questions in Philosophy, 3rd ed., edited by Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels, and Robert Solomon (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2001); reprinted in Ethical Theory: An Anthology 2e edited by Russell Shafer-Landau, (John Wiley & Sons, December 2011); reprinted in Gender and Philosophy, ed. Cressida Heyes, vol. 4  Values and Society (Routledge, 2011).
  • "Cognitive Emotions?" in What is an Emotion?
  • "The Humean Moral Sentiment: A Unique Feeling," Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 11(1980): 69-78.
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 790Reading and Conference
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 329History of Modern Philosophy
PHI 336Social/Political Philosophy
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 405Moral Psychology
PHI 530Moral Psychology
PHI 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 329History of Modern Philosophy
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
PHI 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 337Ethical Theory
PHI 590Reading and Conference
PHI 795Continuing Registration
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 592Research
PHI 595Continuing Registration
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
PHI 592Research
PHI 595Continuing Registration
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 795Continuing Registration
PHI 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 590Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards
  • PeaSoup featured article, “On Being Content with Imperfection” February 2017.
  • CLAS Trustee Professorship, 2016-2021.
  • “Geographies of Meaningful Living” was awarded the Journal of Applied Philosophy’s essay prize for the best essay in volume 32.
  • Harsanyi fellowship, Australian National University, May-July, 2015
  • PeaSoup featured philosopher, April 2014
  • Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy endowed chair, Colby College 2003-2007
  • “The Virtue of Civility” was judged by the nominating board for the The Philosopher’s Annual to be one of the 10 best articles to appear in print in 2000.
  • "Changing One's Heart" was judged by the nominating board of the Philosopher's Annual to be one of the 10 best articles to appear in print in 1992.
Editorships
  • Oxford University Press, Series Editor (2001 - Present), Studies in Feminist Philosophy
  • Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Editorial Board (2013 - Present)
  • Social Philosophy and Policy, Project Editor (2012 - Present)
  • Hypatia Editorial Board
  • Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, Advisory Board
Professional Associations
American Philosophical Association
Service
  • American Philosophical Association, Chair, Board of Officers (2014 - 2020)
  • American Philosophical Association, Ombudsperson for Non-Discrimination (2011 - 2014)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Advisory Board member (2008 - 2011)
  • APA Inclusiveness Committee,  Chair, 2007-2010Chair (2007 - 2010)
  • Expert witness for Halpern et al v. the Attorney General of Canada et al (a same-sex marriage lawsuit), May 31, 2001.
  • APA Eastern Division Executive Committee, 2002-2005
  • APA Executive Director Search Committee 2005
  • APA Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in the Profession 1997-2000
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
Philosophy MA/PhD graduate faculty member