Mary C. Rawlinson

Mary Rawlinson

Joint Appointment with Comparative Literature
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1978

Harriman Hall 235
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Mary C. Rawlinson is  the co-editor of Thinking with Irigaray (SUNY, 2011),  The Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics (Springer, 2006) and  Derrida and Feminism (Routledge, 1997), as well as the editor of five issues of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, including Foucault and the Philosophy of MedicineThe Future of Psychiatry, and Feminist Bioethics. Her publications include articles on Hegel, Proust, literature and ethics, bioethics, the critique of rights, and contemporary French philosophy. She is the Editor of The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB), as well as the Co-director of The Irigaray Circle and an Invited Observer to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee. Rawlinson served four years as Associate Dean for Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences and founded the Learning Communities Program, for which she received 200k in grants from the Hewlett Foundation and others. She won the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 and was Stony Brook’s nominee for Carnegie Teacher of the Year in 1997. She is an Affiliated Faculty in both Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. Rawlinson was appointed Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Philosophy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for Fall, 2013. 

Research Interests

Bioethics; global health and social justice; aesthetics and philosophy of literature; Hegel; Proust; contemporary French thought

Recent Articles

  • "The Right to Life: Rethinking Universalism in Bioethics," in Feminist Bioethics: at the center, on the margins, Jackie Leach Scully, Laurel E. Baldwin-Ragaven, and Petya Fitzpatrick, eds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2010.
  • "Antigone, agent of fraternity: how feminism misreads Hegel’s misreading of Antigone, or let the other sister speak,” in The Year of Antigones, Tina Chanter, ed., SUNY Press, forthcoming.
  • "Women and Vulnerability: UNESCO’s Report on Respect for Vulnerability and Personal Integrity," IJFAB, vol. 5.1, Fall, 2012.


Upcoming Events

Collegium Workshop: Adam Israel

February 12th
3:00-5:00 pm


Lecture: Katja Vogt

February 25th
4:00 pm


Silverman Award Lecture: Harrison Fluss

March 10th
4:30 pm


PhD Recruitment Roundtable

March 23rd
2:30 pm


Karen Burke Lecture: Sabrina Hom

March 24th


Lecture: Zhang Ji, Visiting Scholar

April 7th
4:00 pm


Maxine Sheets-Johnstone Event

April 13th and 14th


Bodies and Race Symposium

May 5th and 6th

Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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