1st Edition

Love and Vulnerability Thinking with Pamela Sue Anderson

Edited By Pelagia Goulimari Copyright 2021
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    Love and Vulnerability: Thinking with Pamela Sue Anderson developed out of the desire for dialogue with the late feminist philosopher Pamela Sue Anderson’s extraordinary, previously unpublished, last work on love and vulnerability. The collection publishes this work for the first time, with a diverse, multidisciplinary, international range of contributors responding to it, to Anderson’s oeuvre as a whole and to her life and death.

    Anderson’s path-breaking work includes A Feminist Philosophy of Religion (1998) and Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion: Reason, Love and Epistemic Locatedness (2012). Her last work critiques, then attempts to rebuild, concepts of love and vulnerability. Reason, critical self-reflexivity, emotion, intuition and imagination, myth and narrative all have a role to play. Social justice, friendship, conversation, dialogue, collective work are central to her thinking.

    Contributors trace the emergence of Anderson’s late thinking, extend her conversations with the history of philosophy and contemporary voices such as hooks and Butler, and bring her work into contact with debates in theology; Continental and analytic philosophy; feminist, queer and transgender theory; postcolonial theory; African-American studies. Discussions engage with the Me Too movement and sexual violence, climate change, sweatshops, neoliberalism, death and dying, and the nature of the human.

    Originally published as a special issue of the journal, Angelaki, this large, wide-ranging collection, featuring a number of distinguished contributors, makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning interdisciplinary research on interpersonal relations, sympathy and empathy, affect and emotion.

    Editorial Introduction

    Pelagia Goulimari

    Anderson’s Last Writings

    1. Towards a New Philosophical Imaginary

    Pamela Sue Anderson (edited by Sabina Lovibond and A. W. Moore)

    2. Reorienting Ourselves in (Bergsonian) Freedom, Friendship and Feminism

    Pamela Sue Anderson (edited by Nicholas Bunnin)

    3. Silencing and Speaker Vulnerability: Undoing an Oppressive Form of (Wilful) Ignorance

    Pamela Sue Anderson (edited by Nicholas Bunnin)

    4. Creating a New Imaginary for Love in Religion

    Pamela Sue Anderson (edited by Paul S. Fiddes)

    "living a life"

    5. Pamela Anderson and "Vulnerability"

    Alan Montefiore

    6. Vulnerability as a Space for Creative Transformation

    Laurie Anderson Sathe

    7. Pamela Sue Anderson: Witness to the Gospel, Prophet to the Church. What Might the Church Hear from her Work?

    Susan Durber

    8. Equality and Prophecy

    Michèle Le Doeuff

    Anderson’s Conversations with Others

    9. Vulnerable Selves and Openness to Love

    Nicholas Bunnin

    10. Pamela Sue Anderson’s Journeying with Paul Ricoeur

    Morny Joy

    11. Mortal Vulnerabilities: Reflecting on Death and Dying with Pamela Sue Anderson

    Alison Jasper

    12. Forgiveness, Empathy and Vulnerability: An Unfinished Conversation with Pamela Sue Anderson

    Paul S. Fiddes

    13. The Concern with Truth, Sense, et al.: Androcentric or Anthropocentric?

    A. W. Moore

    Extending the Conversations

    14. Vulnerable and Invulnerable: Two Faces of Dialectical Reasoning

    Sabina Lovibond

    15. Wisdom, Friendship and the Practice of Philosophy

    Beverley Clack

    16. The Disavowal of the Female "Knower": Reading Literature in the Light of Pamela Sue Anderson’s Project on Vulnerability

    Dorota Filipczak

    17. Anderson’s Ethical Vulnerability: Animating Feminist Responses to Sexual Violence

    Emily Cousens

    18. Conditioned Responsibility, Belonging and the Vulnerability of Our Ethical Understanding

    Chon Tejedor

    19. Love’s Luck-knot: Emotional Vulnerability and Symmetrical Accountability

    Carla Bagnoli

    20. The Three Faces of Vulnerability: My Vulnerability, the Vulnerability of the Other and the Vulnerability of the Third

    Xin Mao

    21. Anderson on Vulnerability

    Alison Assiter

    22. A Threshold for Enhancing Human Life: Anderson on Capability and Vulnerability

    Kristine A. Culp

    23. Exploring Affectivity: An Unfinished Conversation with Pamela Sue Anderson

    Andrea Bieler

    24. The Openness of Vulnerability and Resilience

    Roxana Baiasu

    25. The Risks of Love and the Ambiguities of Hope

    Günter Thomas

    26. On the Theme of Liberated Love and Global Feminist Discourse

    Ashmita Khasnabish

    27. The Idea of Ethical Vulnerability: Perfectionism, Irony and the Theological Virtues

    Stephen Mulhall


    Pelagia Goulimari (University of Oxford) co-directs the M.St. in Women’s Studies and "Women in the Humanities" (TORCH). Her books include Toni Morrison, Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Postcolonialism, Postmodernism: What Moment?, Women Writing Across Cultures and Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literary Theory. She is the editor of Angelaki.