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Caring for Philosophy: A Conference in Honor of Eva Feder Kittay
April 21 - April 22
“Sponsored by the Jay Newman Fund at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn College Philosophy Department, and the Stony Brook University Philosophy Department.
Eva Feder Kittay is a leading figure in feminist ethics and philosophy of disability and has made an enduring contribution to philosophy across the fields of ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of language.
Kittay’s first works in philosophy were in the philosophy of language, publishing Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure (Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press). Her 1999 book, Love’s Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency, explores the importance of dependency to the human condition and is one of the most influential works on the ethics of care. The book has been translated into Japanese and Italian. Her edited collection, Women and Moral Theory, ushered in decades-long work by philosophers in the ethics of care. Other edited collections include The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy and Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency and Women. A 2008 collection—based on a conference she organized, Cognitive Disability and the Challenge to Moral Philosophy—opened a new field of inquiry in philosophy.
Kittay’s pioneering work interjecting questions of care and disability (especially cognitive disability) into philosophy, and her work in feminist theory have garnered a number of honors and prizes: 2003 Woman Philosopher of the Year by the Society for Women in Philosophy, the inaugural prize of the Institut de Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft, the Lebowitz prize from the American Philosophical Association and Phi Beta Kappa, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Discovery, an NEH Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
As Kittay retires from decades of teaching at Stony Brook University, this conference assembles her students and collaborators to engage in dialogue and celebrate her career.
(Text via the event website, linked below.)