Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences, Professor
Feminism, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Ordinary Language
Philosophy, Philosophy and Film
Professor Bauer is also an advisor in
Studies and in
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
Ballou Hall, 3rd floor
Medford, MA 02155
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Nancy Bauer is interested in thinking about what philosophy is
and what role it plays, or should or might play, in everyday human
life. Her writing explores these issues, especially as they arise in
reflection about gender and philosophy, the history of philosophy,
and philosophy and film. Her book on Simone de Beauvoir's The
Second Sex was published by Columbia University Press in 2001,
and she has just published a new book called How to Do Things
With Pornography (Harvard University Press, 2015). Bauer
received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard after majoring in
Social Studies as an undergraduate, working as a reporter and a
medical writer, and attending divinity school. She enjoys hanging
out with her family; wrestling with the Sunday NYT
crossword puzzle, running hither and yon, and listening to all
things rock and roll. She's also never without her knitting.
Ph.D., Harvard University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
AB, Harvard University
Teaching With Technology Award, 2013
Joseph A. and Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Advising
and Teaching, 2005
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, 2002 – 2003
Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, 2002
TCU Senate Professor of the Year, 2002
- How to
Do Things With Pornography, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.
"Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism," New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
"Hegel and Feminist Politics: A Symposium," with Kimberley Hutchings, Tuija
Pulkkinen, and Alison Stone, Feminist Engagements With Hegel,
Columbia University Press, forthcoming.
"Beauvoir on the Allure of Self-Objectification," (Re)découvrir l'oeuvre
de Simone de Beauvoir: Du Deuxième Sexe à La Cérémonie des adieux,
edited by Pascale Fautrier, Pierre-Louis Fort, and Anne Strasser (Paris: Le
Bord de L'Eau, 2008): 249 – 256.
Second Feminism," Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy,
N-Word," Fringe 10 (June 2007).
n+1 5 (Winter 2007): 63 – 73.
- "How to Do Things With Pornography," Reading Cavell, edited by
Sanford Shieh and Alice Crary (New York: Routledge, 2006).
- "On Human Understanding," Wittgensteinian Fideism, edited by Kai
Nielsen and D. Z. Phillips (Norwich, England: SCM Press, 2006).
- "Beauvoir's Heideggerian Ontology," The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir:
Critical Essays, edited by Margaret A. Simons (Indiana University Press,
- "Cogito Ergo Film: Plato, Descartes, and Fight Club," Film as
Philosophy: Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell, edited by
Rupert Read (Florence, KY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
- "Must We Read Simone de Beauvoir?" The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir,
edited by Emily Grosholz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
- "Is Feminist Philosophy a Contradiction in Terms?" Twenty Questions: An
Introduction to Philosophy, 5th ed., edited by G. Lee Bowie, Robert C.
Solomon, Meredith W. Michaels (Florence, KY: Wadsworth, 2003). An
abridgement of chapter 1 of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism.
as Being-against: Heidegger Meets Hegel in The Second Sex,"
Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2 (June 2001).
- "First Philosophy, The Second Sex, and the Third Wave," Labyrinth,
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1999). Reprinted in Simone de Beauvoir: 50 Jahre
nach Dem Anderen Geschlecht, edited by Yvanka B. Raynova and Susanne
Moser (Vienna: Institute for Axiological Research, 1999). A different
version of chapter 2 of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism.
- "Sum Femina Inde Cogito: Das andere Geschleht und Die
Meditationen," Die Philosophin 20 (October 1999): 41 – 61.
Introduction to Ethics
Phil 48: Feminist
Philosophy and Film
Phil 185: From
Hegel to Nietzsche
Phenomenology and Existentialism
- Topics in
Being and Time
- The Legacy
of Simone de Beauvoir