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Feminist Philosophy of Religion

Critical Readings, 1st Edition

Edited by Pamela Sue Anderson, Beverley Clack


292 pages

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Paperback: 9780415257503
pub: 2003-10-23
Hardback: 9780415257497
pub: 2003-10-23

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Feminist philosophy of religion has developed in recent years because of the exposure of explicit sexism in much traditional philosophical thinking about religion. The struggle with a discipline shaped almost exclusively by men has led feminist philosophers to redress the problematic biases of gender, race, class and sexual orientation in the traditional subject.

Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings brings together key new writings in this growing field. Part one of the reader explores important approaches to the feminist philosophy of religion, including psychoanalytic, poststructualist, postmetaphysical and epistemological frameworks. In part two, the contributors survey significant topics including questions of divinity, embodiment, spirituality and religious practice. Supported by explanatory prefaces and an extensive bibliography, Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings is an important resource for this new area of study.


'Pamela Sue Anderson and Beverley Clack have worked a miracle in getting so many of the most notable writers in feminist philosophy of religion around the literary equivalent of the dinner table. The collection gives a wonderful insight into the creative thinking which is going on into the important questions being raised, into the common themes and important disagreements being shared between and among these women.' - Susan Durber, S Columba’s URC, Oxford

'Contrary to most books on philosophy of religion, this volume takes into account the recurring practices of most everyday women and considers them in relationship with efforts to lead a spiritual life. Here Janet Soskice's article is illuminating (and witty), as is Amy Hollywood's discussion of the constitutive power of bodily practice.' - Yearbook of the European Society of Women in Theological Research

'The most important publication in the field of feminist philosophy and theology this year … an extremely timely and welcome book that will fill a significant gap for the many lecturers and students working in the area.' - Critical and Cultural Theory

Table of Contents

Pamela Sue Anderson, Ellen T. Armour, Tina Beattie, Beverley Clack, Vrinda Dalmiya, Dorota Filipczak, Nancy Frankenberry, Harriet A. Harris, Amy Hollywood, Grace M. Jantzen, Alison Jasper, Fionola Meredith, Kathleen O'Grady, Melissa Raphael, Janet Martin Soskice, Heather Walton.

About the Editors

Pamela Sue Anderson is Dean of Regent's Park College in Oxford, where she lectures in philosophy. She is the author of Feminist Philosophy of Religion: The Rationality and Myths of Religious Belief (1997). Beverley Clack is Senior Lecturer in Religious STudies and Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University. Her books include Sex and Death (2002), Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition (1999) and The Philosophy of Religion (1998).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Philosophy