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Elizabeth S. Anderson

Elizabeth S. Anderson
Born (1959-12-05) December 5, 1959
United States
Citizenship American
Known for Social philosophy, political philosophy and ethics

Elizabeth S. Anderson (5 December 1959), is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and is a notable American philosopher specializing in moral and political philosophy.


  • Education and career 1
  • Research and publications 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Education and career

Anderson received a B.A. with high honors in philosophy with a minor in economics from Swarthmore College in 1981. In 1987 Anderson completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University. She was a visiting instructor of philosophy at Swarthmore College 1985-86 and took up a position at the University of Michigan in 1987. She was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies 1993-1999 and was promoted to professor in 1999. In 2004 she was named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. In 2005 she was named John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, and in 2013 the John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. Anderson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.[1] In 2013, Anderson received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her work.[2]

Research and publications

Anderson's research covers topics in social philosophy, political philosophy and ethics, including: democratic theory, equality in political philosophy and American law, racial integration, the ethical limits of markets, theories of value and rational choice (alternatives to consequentialism and economic theories of rational choice), the philosophies of John Stuart Mill and John Dewey, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science.[3]

Anderson's book The Imperative of Integration,[4] was winner of the American Philosophical Association's 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award, for "an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences."[5] She is also author of Value in Ethics and Economics,[6] and dozens of articles.[7]



  • Anderson, Elizabeth (1993). Value in ethics and economics. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth (2013). Imperative of integration. S.l: Princeton Univ Press.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth; Maitra, Ishani (2013). Law & philosophy. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth (1993). Value in ethics and economics. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.  

Chapters in books

  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (2000), "Contribution", in Kleindienst, Thérèse, Le livre et l'art: études offertes en hommage à Pierre Lelièvrea, Villeurbanne Paris: Presses de l'Enssib Somogy,  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (2010), "Defending the capabilities approach to justice", in  

Selected journal articles

  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (Winter 1988). "Values, risks, and market norms". Ethics and Philosophy and Public Affairs (JSTOR) 17 (1): 54–65.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (Winter 1990). "Is women's labor a commodity?". Ethics and Philosophy and Public Affairs (JSTOR) 19 (1): 71–92.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (October 1990). "The ethical limitations of the market". Economics and Philosophy (Cambridge Journals) 6 (2): 179–205.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (October 1991). "John Stuart Mill and experiments in living". Ethics (JSTOR) 101 (1): 4–26.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (August 1995). "Feminist epistemology: an interpretation and a defense". Hypatia, special issue - analytic feminism (Cambridge Journals) 10 (3): 50–84.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (Summer 1995). "The democratic university: the role of justice in the production of knowledge". Social Philosophy and Policy (Cambridge Journals) 12 (2): 186–219.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (Fall 1995). "Knowledge, human interests, and objectivity in feminist epistemology". Philosophical Topics, special issue - Feminist perspectives on language, knowledge, and reality (Philosophy Documentation Center) 23 (2): 27–58.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (January 1999). "What is the point of equality?". Ethics (JSTOR) 109 (2): 287–337.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (April 2001). "Symposium on Amartya Sen's philosophy: unstrapping the straitjacket of ‘preference’: a comment on Amartya Sen's contributions to philosophy and economics". Economics and Philosophy (Cambridge Journals) 17 (1): 21–38.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (2002). "Integration, affirmative action, and strict scrutiny". NYU Law Review (New York University - Law) 77: 1195–1271. 
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (2003). "Sen, ethics, and democracy". Feminist Economics (Taylor and Francis) 9 (2-3): 239–261.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (July 2007). "Fair opportunity in education: a democratic equality perspective". Ethics - Symposium on Education and Equality (JSTOR) 117 (4): 595–622.  
  • Anderson, Elizabeth S (2012). "Epistemic justice as a virtue of social institutions". Social Epistemology, special issue - Epistemic Injustice (Cambridge Journals) 26 (2): 163–173.  


  1. ^ "Professor Elizabeth S. Anderson". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 3 April 2014. Fellow elected 2008 
  2. ^ "Elizabeth S. Anderson". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Anderson". Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Elizabeth (2013). Imperative of integration. S.l: Princeton Univ Press.  
  5. ^ "Joseph B. Gittler Award - Previous Winners". The American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Elizabeth (1993). Value in ethics and economics. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.  
  7. ^ "Works by Elizabeth Anderson". The PhilPapers Foundation. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

External links

  • Elizabeth Anderson's web page
  • Elizabeth Anderson's profile
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