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Professor Alison Stone


Alison Stone

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Research overview

Alison’s main research interests are in Feminist philosophy and Post-Kantian continental philosophy including Hegel and German Idealism; Marx and Marxism; critical theory and existentialism. Alison’s books are Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (2006), An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (2007), Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity (2011), and The Value of Popular Music (2016). She edited The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (2011) and has co-edited the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. She co-edits the journal the Hegel Bulletin and has been an Associate Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

PhD supervision

Feminist philosophy

German Idealism and Romanticism

nineteenth-century German philosophy

twentieth-century Continental philosophy

French feminism


Research Interests

My main research interests are in two areas: (1) Feminist philosophy: and (2) Post Kantian continental philosophy.

With Christoph Schuringa, I co-edit the journal the Hegel Bulletin, published by Cambridge University Press(http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HGL).

With Ann Garry and Serene J. Khader, I am interim Co-Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

    I have written five books. The first, on Hegel's metaphysics and philosophy of nature, is Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel’s Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2004). 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.

    My next book was An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Polity Press, 2007), an introductory textbook.

    In 2011 my book Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Maternal Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011) came out. 

   In late 2016 my book The Value of Popular Music: An Approach from Post-Kantian Aesthetics came out (Palgrave Macmillan). The book won the Outstanding Publication Award of 2017 from the Popular Music Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory.

     I've also edited the Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), and, together with Ann Garry and Serene Khader, have co-edited the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy (Routledge, forthcoming, May 2017).

Other topics on which I've written include Adorno, Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Kristeva; ideas of nature; feminist and essentialism; existentialism and atheism. 

I have recently been awarded a Leverhulme Major Fellowship for a project on Birth and Philosophy. The main outcome will be a book, Being Born: Birth and Philosophy.

Current Teaching

I teach on History of Philosophy (PPR.201) as well as special subjects on Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy and Popular Music. 


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 was an appointed member of REF 2014 Sub-Panel 32, Philosophy.

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