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Eva Feder Kittay

Eva Feder Kittay

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. City University of New York, 1978
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, 1967

Harriman Hall 241
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Areas of Specialization

Feminist philosophy, feminist ethics, social and political theory, metaphor, disability studies

Additional Interests

Philosophy of language, normative ethics, social thought

Eva Feder Kittay is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY; a Senior Fellow of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, and an Affiliate of the Women's Studies Program. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, and the APA and Phi Beta Kappa Lebowitz Prize. She has also been recognized for her work in Feminist Philosophy, being named Women Philosopher of the Year (2003-2004) by the Society for Women in Philosophy and having chaired the Committee on the Status of Women (1997-2001). Her book Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency (Routledge, 1999) has received international attention and has been translated into Japanese and Italian. Her other work includes Cognitive Disability and the Challenge to Moral Philosophy (Blackwell, 2010), Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy (Blackwell, 2007), Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency and Women (Rowan and Littlefield, 2003), Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure (Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 1987, 1985), an edited collection Frames, Fields and Contrasts (Erlbaum, 1992), and Women and Moral Theory (Rowan and Littlefield, 1985). She has edited many journal issues in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of disability and has published over 85 articles and book chapters.

She chairs and was a founder of Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute, a summer program for undergraduates who are from groups underrepresented in philosophy.

She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy and has directed many dissertations in feminist philosophy, feminist ethics, social and political theory, metaphor, and disability studies.

She is currently writing a monograph tentatively entitled Disabled Minds and Things That Matter: Lessons for a Humbler Philosophy.

Selected Publications


  • Blackwell's Studies in Feminist Philosophy (edited with Linda Alcoff), Blackwell 2006.
  • The Subject of Care (edited with Ellen Feder), Rowman and Littlefield 2003.
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency and Women (with Ellen Feder), Rowman and Littlefield 2002.
  • Frames, Fields and Contrasts (edited with A. Lehrer), Erlbaum 1992.
  • Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency, Routledge (Thinking Gender Series) 1999.
  • Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure, Claredon Press, Oxford University Press 1987, 1989.
  • Women and Moral Theory (edited with D. T. Meyers), Rowman and Littlefield 1987.


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