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Elizabeth Brake

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Elizabeth Brake is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Arizona State University.  She was educated at Oxford (B.A.) and St. Andrews (M. Litt., PhD).  From 2000-2011, she taught at the University of Calgary, Canada; in 2007-2008 she held a Fellowship at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, Tulane.  Her book Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law (OUP, 2012) won Honorable Mention for the American Philosophical Association Book Prize and is under contract to be translated into Japanese.  She has edited a collection of essays on the future of marriage, After Marriage (OUP, 2016), and co-edited Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law (OUP, 2018). She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Her current research is on the state's role in disaster response.

More information on her website.

Education

Ph. D., Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, 1999

M.Litt., Philosophy, with Distinction, University of St. Andrews, 1995

B. A., Classics and English, First Class, Magdalen College, University of Oxford,1993

                                   

Research Interests

Ethics

Political Philosophy

Feminist Ethics

History of Ethics

Philosophy and Literature

Publications
  • Elizabeth Brake and Lucinda Ferguson (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.  Co-edited with Lucinda Ferguson (Law Faculty, Oxford University).
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Paid and Unpaid Care: Marriage, Equality, and Domestic Workers,” Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, ed. E. Brake and L. Ferguson (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Is ‘Loving More’ Better?: The Values of Polyamory,” The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 7th edition, ed. Raja Halwani, Sarah Hoffman, and Alan Soble (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Thinking Differently about Philosophical Progress: The Big Questions, Applied Philosophy, and The Profession,” Social Philosophy and Policy, forthcoming.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Love and the Law,” in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Love, ed. Christopher Gray and Aaron Smuts, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Marriage for Everybody: What Is Marriage Equality?” in Desire, Love, and Identity: A Textbook for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, ed. Gary Foster (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2017), pp. 310-319.
  • Elizabeth Brake (ed) After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships (edited), New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. (Reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, 4/10/16, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Hypatia.)
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Equality and Non-Hierarchy in Marriage: What Do Feminists Really Want?” In After Marriage, ed. E. Brake (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Fair Care: Eldercare and Distributive Justice,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, OnlineFirst 8/31/15: 1-20 (forthcoming in print).
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Creation Theory: Do Genetic Ties Matter?” In Permissible Progeny, ed. S. Hannan, S. Brennan, and R. Vernon (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Recognizing Care: The Case for Friendship and Polyamory. Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Journal (2014).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Marriage. International Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Feminism, Family Law, and the Social Bases of Self-Respect. Re-reading the Canon Series: Feminist Interpretations of Rawls (2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Adultery. International Encyclopedia of Ethics (2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Marriage and Domestic Partnership. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012, updated 2016).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Minimizing Marriage. (2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Is Divorce Promise-Breaking?". Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2011).
  • Elizabeth Brake and Joseph Millum. Parenthood and Procreation. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Minimal Marriage: What Political Liberalism Implies for Marriage Law,” Ethics 120:2 (2010): 302-337.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Willing Parents: A Voluntarist Account of Parental Role Obligations.” In Procreation and Parenthood, ed. David Archard and David Benatar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010): 151-177.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Rethinking Marriage: What Role Should the State Play?,” Res Publica (Australia), Vol. 19, No. 1 (2010): 18-22.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “‘You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way’: freedom and the past in Dylan’s recent work.” In The Political Art of Bob Dylan (2nd ed.), ed. David Boucher and Gary Browning (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2009): 184-206.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Marriage, Morality, and Institutional Value,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10:3 (2007): 243-254. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “‘To live outside the law, you must be honest’: freedom in Dylan’s lyrics.” In Dylan and Philosophy, ed. Peter Vernezze and Carl J. Porter (Chicago: Open Court, 2006): 78-89. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Fatherhood and Child Support:  Do Men Have a Right to Choose?,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 22:1 (2005): 55-73. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Justice and Virtue in Kant’s Account of Marriage,” Kantian Review 9 (2005): 58-94. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Rawls and Feminism: What Should Feminists Make of Liberal Neutrality?,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1:3 (2004): 295-312. REPRINTED in The Legacy of John Rawls, ed. Thom Brooks and Fabian Freyenhagen (London: Continuum Press, 2005): 67-84. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Responsibility, Paternity, and the Costs of Rearing Children: Do abortion rights undermine child support obligations?” Beihefte of Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004): 211-218.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “A Liberal Response to Catharine MacKinnon,” Southwest Philosophical Studies 22 (2000): 17-23. 
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Love’s Paradox: Hegel’s Account of Marriage,” Women’s Philosophy Review 22, Special Issue on Hegel, ed. Stella Sandford and Alison Stone (1999): 80-104.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Marriage, Influence and Deception in Merchant Ivory's Adaptations of The Europeans and The Bostonians.” In Henry James on the Stage and Screen, ed. John Bradley (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000), pp. 143-156.
  • Elizabeth Brake, “Personhood and the Family: Hegel’s Account,” Contemporary Political Studies (Proceedings of the Political Studies Association, 1997): 365-371. 
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
HST 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 311Philosophy and Literature
PHI 394Special Topics
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
PHI 524Disaster Ethics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 592Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 394Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 591Seminar
PHI 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 394Special Topics
Presentations
  • “Marriage, Contract, and Care,” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Invited Symposium, Savannah, GA, scheduled January 2018.
  • “I Take Thee, and Thee, and Thee: Polyamorous Weddings and the Making of Meaning,” the Wedding Conference, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, November 2017.
  • Panelist, “Disaster and Vulnerability,” Public Panel, University of Colorado at Boulder, September 2017.
  • “Disaster Recovery and the Political Importance of Place,” Center for Values and Social Policy, University of Colorado at Boulder, September 2017.
  • “Rebuilding after Disaster: Inequality and the Political Importance of Place,” Society for Applied Philosophy conference, Copenhagen, June 2017.
  • “Minimizing Marriage and Extending Care: The State's Role in Caring Relationships,” University of Utah, Philosophy Department, November 2016.
  • “Childhood Loneliness and the State’s Role in Supporting Caring Relationships,” ISRF Interdisciplinary Research Retreat on Childhood and Adolescent Loneliness, Bath, England, July 2016.
  • “Thinking Differently about Philosophical Progress,” Social Philosophy and Policy conference, Hermosa Beach, CA, May 2016.
  • “The State’s Role in Supporting Relationships: The Case for Friendship and Polyamory,” and debate with Sherif Girgis, Ethics Center, Cal State Sacramento, April 2016.
  • Keynote, Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference, MSU, Denver, CO, April 2016.
  • “Love and the Law: Legal Supports for Diverse Family Forms,” Humanities Center, Lehigh University, PA, April 2016.
  • Obergefell, Families Outside of Marriage and the Law,” Panel member, West Coast Law and Society Retreat, Irvine, CA, February 2016.
  • “Love and the Law,” Philosophy Department, Fort Lewis College, CO, October 2015.
  • “Minimizing Marriage,” Philosophy Department, Umeå University, Sweden, September 2015.
  • “The right to care,” Beyond the nuclear family: the philosophy of close personal relationships conference, Umeå University, Sweden, September 2015.
  • “Love and the Law,” International Society for Research on the Emotions Annual conference, Geneva, July 2015.
  • “Paid and Unpaid Care Work,” Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law workshop, Oriel College, Oxford, June 2015.
  • Keynote address, Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Webster University, St. Louis, March 2015.
  • Elizabeth Brake. Responsibility, Complexity, and Abortion. Author-meets-critics session at Western Canadian Philosophical Association meeting (Oct 2014).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Rebuilding and Reconstruction: A Case for Disaster Rights?". Emergencies and Affected Peoples conference, University of Birmingham (Jul 2014).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Minimizing Marriage. Author-meets-critics session at American Philosophical Association meeting (Mar 2014).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Fair Care: Justice for the Elderly". Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Workshop, New Orleans (Feb 2014).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Changing Marriages in the 21st Century," panel discussion. Ethics Center and Philosophy, Georgia State University (Oct 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Is Minimal Marriage Small Enough? The Limits of State Involvement in Relationships". Colloquium at the Freedom Center, University of Arizona (Sep 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Recognizing Care. American Political Science Association Annual Conference (Aug 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Procreation and World Creation". "Permissible Progeny" workshop, University of Western Ontario, Canada (Jun 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Bachelors, spinsters, and living in sin: will equality for all caring relationships perpetuate harmful stigmas?". After Equality workshop, McGill Law School (Apr 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. The Future of Marriage. Western Political Science Association, LA (Apr 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Rebuilding and Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster". New Orleans Invitational Seminar in Ethics (Mar 2013).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Rethinking Marriage: Multiparty and Beyond". Columbia University Law School, Legal Theory Workshop (Oct 2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Rethinking Marriage". Clemson University Philosophy Department, Law, Liberty and Justice Colloquium series (Oct 2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Keynote addresses, "Workshop on Marriage and the Family," NOMOS meeting, Barcelona. "Workshop on Marriage and the Family," NOMOS meeting, Barcelona (Jun 2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. "Rethinking Mariage". Princeton University, University Center for Human Values, Feminist Political Theory Speaker Series (May 2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Panel on "Compulsory Monogamy". Society for Philosophy of Sex and Love, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division conferen (Apr 2012).
  • Elizabeth Brake. Comments on Daniel Jacobson, "Empirical Ethics and Singer’s Dilemma". New Orleans Invitational Seminar in Ethics (Mar 2012).
  • E. Brake. ""Replacing (legal) marriage: Justice and legal frameworks for caring relationships". American Philosophical Association Eastern Division conference, Society of Applied Philosophy (Dec 2011).
  • E. Brake. Rereading Rawls on Self-Respect: Feminism, Family Law, and the Social Bases of Self-Respect. Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference (Jun 2011).
  • E. Brake. "The Limits of Parental Rights: Feminism, Family Law, and Self-Respect". University of British Columbia Philosophy Department Spring Colloquium (Mar 2011).
  • E. Brake. 5. "Rereading Rawls on Self-Respect: Feminism, Family Law, and the Social Bases of Self-Respect". ASU Philosophy Dept. invited talk (Jan 2011).
Service
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy, Director (2014 - Present)
  • Political Philosophy Search Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • SHPRS Executive Committee, member (2013 - Present)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, member (2013 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Social Theory and Practice, Editorial Board member (2013 - Present)
  • Philosophy Performance Review Committee, member (2013 - Present)
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology Search Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Hypatia, reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Annual Conference, Program Committee, member (2012 - Present)
  • Program Committee, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, Program Committee member (2012 - Present)
  • Transdisciplinary Council, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Humana Mente, reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Philosophy, Associate Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Philosophy, Associate Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Ethics, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Philosophy undergraduate essay award committee, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Oxford University Press, reviewer (2013 - 2014)
  • Editorial Board, Social Theory and Practice, Editorial Board member (2013 - 2014)
  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Annual Conference, Program Committee, member (2012 - 2014)
  • Journal of Applied Philosophy, Associate Editor (2010 - 2014)
  • Feminist Theory, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Executive Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • AZ Central, interview subject (2013 - 2013)
  • Oxford University Press, reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Pacific Society for Women in Philosophy annual conference local organizing committee, member (2013 - 2013)
  • Transdisciplinary Council, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Journal for Applied Philosophy, Associate Editor (2010 - 2013)
  • Ethics Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Member (2011 - 2013)
  • Philosophy undergraduate essay award committee, member (2013 - 2013)
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology Search Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Hypatia, reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Reviewer, research grant applications, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Reviewer, grant applications (2008 - 2011)
  • Insight Development Grants Committee, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Member (2011 - 2011)