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Alice C. MacLachlan

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Department of Philosophy

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S418
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 77587
Email: amacla@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.alicemaclachlan.com


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current SSHRC-funded research project is titled Civility and Solidarity. I have previously published on themes of forgiveness, apology, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality.

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I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy and member of the Graduate Faculty, and I am also co-editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. I write and teach in moral, political, and feminist philosophy, focusing on philosophical issues arising in the aftermath of conflict: the nature and limits of forgiveness, the power and value of apologies, and the role that emotions like resentment and indignation play in reconciliation and repair. I have also worked in LGBTQ philosophy on topics ranging from the ethics of coming out to the changing nature of family. Recent publications include “Fiduciary Duties and the Ethics of Public Apology” (Journal of Applied Philosophy 2016), “’Trust Me, I’m Sorry:’ The Paradox of Public Apology” (Monist 2015), “Gender and the Public Apology” (Transitional Justice Review 2013) and “Closet Doors and Stage Lights: On the Goods of Out” (Social Theory and Practice 2012). In 2013, I co-edited an interdisciplinary collection titled Justice, Responsibility, and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict (Springer 2013).

Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston University
M.A., Philosophy, Queen’s University
B.A. Hon., Philosophy, M.A. (Cantab) Cambridge University

Professional Leadership

Senior Co-Editor & Co-Founder, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, open access journal. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/ Executive Member, Society for Analytic Feminism, 2015-2018. Board Member, Canadian Philosophical Association 2013-15. Equity Committee Member, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2011-13; 2014-16. Chair, International Committee, Feminist Ethics & Social Theory (FEAST) Steering Committee 2011-13. Area Coordinator: Social/Political Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2012. President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP), 2011-12. Vice President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP), 2010-11.

Community Contributions

“By Ignoring Parental Rights, Ontario puts our daughter’s welfare at risk,” with Amy Campbell- Noseworthy, Globe and Mail June 2, 2016. “Free Speech: At What Cost?” Panelist, The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TV Ontario, May 13, 2014. “On Gratitude”, Panelist, TV Ontario “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” October 10, 2011.
“Violence, Morality, Narrative and Queerness in Sarah Kane’s Blasted”, Panelist, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, October 3, 2010.
Community Lecture, “Gender, Revenge and David Slade’s ‘Hard Candy’”TALKIES, a film and idea series hosted by Basement Arts (www.basementarts.com) Toronto, November 2009.
Guest Interview, “Government Inquiries and Apologies”, Take Five on CIUT FM, June 2010.
Guest Interview, “Kids Learn the Classics of Philosophy,” Go on CBC Radio One, February 2008.

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Moral Powers and Forgivable Evils,” Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness: Essays in Honour of Claudia Card. Ed. Kathryn Norlock & Andrea Veltman. Lexington, 2009. pp.135-158.

2009

“Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness,” Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal. Ed. L. Tessman. Springer, 2009. pp.185-204.

2009

“Aliases, Alienation and Agency: The Physical Integrity of Sydney Bristow,” with D.P. Finding, Secrets and Spies: Investigating Alias, eds. Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown. Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. pp.73-86.

2007

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Book Review, “Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 6, 2010.

2010

“The Object of Repair: Commentary on Margaret Urban Walker’s ‘Restorative Justice and Reparations,’” Symposia on Race, Gender and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007.

2007

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

2012

“Resentment and Moral Judgment in Smith and Butler,” Adam Smith Review 5 pp.161-177.

2010

“The State of ‘Sorry’: Official Apologies and their Absence.” Journal of Human Rights 9:3 pp.373-385.

2010

“Getting it: on Jokes and Art,” with Steven Burns, AE: Journal of the Canadian Society of Aesthetics, vol. 10, Fall 2004.

2004

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Injustice, Entitlement and Smithian Resentment.” The Philosophy of Adam Smith: Conference to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Oxford UK, January 2009.

2009

“The Good of Out.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Urbana-Champaign USA, April 2009.

2009

“Unreasonable Resentments.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2009.

2009

“What’s Next? Responding to Apologies and Gestures of Forgiveness.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Guelph Canada, October 2009.

2009

“The Character of the Closet: Revisiting the Ethics of ‘Out’.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Windsor Canada, October 2008.

2008

“Third Party Forgiveness and Political Solidarity.” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries (First Global Conference), Salzburg, Austria, March 2008. Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2007.

2007

“Forgiveness, Gender and Self-Respect.” Society for Women in Philosophy U.K, London UK, April 2006.

2006

“Risk and Reconciliation: Hannah Arendt and Public Apologies.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Peterborough Canada, October 2006.

2006

“Forgiveness and the Diversity of Women’s Experience.” Society for Women and Philosophy, Tallahassee Florida, April 2005.

2005

“Forgiveness and Paradox.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Halifax Canada, May 2003.

2003

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Forgiveness and Moral Solidarity,” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008. pp. 3-16.

2008

“An Ethic of Plurality: Reconciling Politics and Morality in Hannah Arendt,” History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Fellows Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

2006

“History and Judgment: Editors’ Introduction,” with I. Torsen, History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM JVF Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

2006

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

"Government Apologies to Indigenous Peoples."

2011

"Forgiveness and Mercy" (Encyclopedia Entry)

2011

Author Meets Critics: “Seeing Sympathy: Remarks on Nir Eisikovitz’s Sympathizing with the Enemy,”

2011

"The Philosophical Controversy Over Political Forgiveness."

2011

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).

2010


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2018 GS/PHIL5803 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy II SEMR
Fall 2018 GS/PHIL5802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall 2018 AP/PHIL4802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 GS/PHIL6850 6.0 A PhD Research Seminar SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 GS/PHIL6850 6.0 A PhD Research Seminar SEMR


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current SSHRC-funded research project is titled Civility and Solidarity. I have previously published on themes of forgiveness, apology, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality.

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy and member of the Graduate Faculty, and I am also co-editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. I write and teach in moral, political, and feminist philosophy, focusing on philosophical issues arising in the aftermath of conflict: the nature and limits of forgiveness, the power and value of apologies, and the role that emotions like resentment and indignation play in reconciliation and repair. I have also worked in LGBTQ philosophy on topics ranging from the ethics of coming out to the changing nature of family. Recent publications include “Fiduciary Duties and the Ethics of Public Apology” (Journal of Applied Philosophy 2016), “’Trust Me, I’m Sorry:’ The Paradox of Public Apology” (Monist 2015), “Gender and the Public Apology” (Transitional Justice Review 2013) and “Closet Doors and Stage Lights: On the Goods of Out” (Social Theory and Practice 2012). In 2013, I co-edited an interdisciplinary collection titled Justice, Responsibility, and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict (Springer 2013).

Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston University
M.A., Philosophy, Queen’s University
B.A. Hon., Philosophy, M.A. (Cantab) Cambridge University

Professional Leadership

Senior Co-Editor & Co-Founder, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, open access journal. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/ Executive Member, Society for Analytic Feminism, 2015-2018. Board Member, Canadian Philosophical Association 2013-15. Equity Committee Member, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2011-13; 2014-16. Chair, International Committee, Feminist Ethics & Social Theory (FEAST) Steering Committee 2011-13. Area Coordinator: Social/Political Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2012. President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP), 2011-12. Vice President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP), 2010-11.

Community Contributions

“By Ignoring Parental Rights, Ontario puts our daughter’s welfare at risk,” with Amy Campbell- Noseworthy, Globe and Mail June 2, 2016. “Free Speech: At What Cost?” Panelist, The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TV Ontario, May 13, 2014. “On Gratitude”, Panelist, TV Ontario “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” October 10, 2011.
“Violence, Morality, Narrative and Queerness in Sarah Kane’s Blasted”, Panelist, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, October 3, 2010.
Community Lecture, “Gender, Revenge and David Slade’s ‘Hard Candy’”TALKIES, a film and idea series hosted by Basement Arts (www.basementarts.com) Toronto, November 2009.
Guest Interview, “Government Inquiries and Apologies”, Take Five on CIUT FM, June 2010.
Guest Interview, “Kids Learn the Classics of Philosophy,” Go on CBC Radio One, February 2008.

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Moral Powers and Forgivable Evils,” Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness: Essays in Honour of Claudia Card. Ed. Kathryn Norlock & Andrea Veltman. Lexington, 2009. pp.135-158.

2009

“Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness,” Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal. Ed. L. Tessman. Springer, 2009. pp.185-204.

2009

“Aliases, Alienation and Agency: The Physical Integrity of Sydney Bristow,” with D.P. Finding, Secrets and Spies: Investigating Alias, eds. Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown. Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. pp.73-86.

2007

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Book Review, “Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 6, 2010.

2010

“The Object of Repair: Commentary on Margaret Urban Walker’s ‘Restorative Justice and Reparations,’” Symposia on Race, Gender and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007.

2007

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

2012

“Resentment and Moral Judgment in Smith and Butler,” Adam Smith Review 5 pp.161-177.

2010

“The State of ‘Sorry’: Official Apologies and their Absence.” Journal of Human Rights 9:3 pp.373-385.

2010

“Getting it: on Jokes and Art,” with Steven Burns, AE: Journal of the Canadian Society of Aesthetics, vol. 10, Fall 2004.

2004

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Injustice, Entitlement and Smithian Resentment.” The Philosophy of Adam Smith: Conference to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Oxford UK, January 2009.

2009

“The Good of Out.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Urbana-Champaign USA, April 2009.

2009

“Unreasonable Resentments.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2009.

2009

“What’s Next? Responding to Apologies and Gestures of Forgiveness.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Guelph Canada, October 2009.

2009

“The Character of the Closet: Revisiting the Ethics of ‘Out’.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Windsor Canada, October 2008.

2008

“Third Party Forgiveness and Political Solidarity.” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries (First Global Conference), Salzburg, Austria, March 2008. Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2007.

2007

“Forgiveness, Gender and Self-Respect.” Society for Women in Philosophy U.K, London UK, April 2006.

2006

“Risk and Reconciliation: Hannah Arendt and Public Apologies.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Peterborough Canada, October 2006.

2006

“Forgiveness and the Diversity of Women’s Experience.” Society for Women and Philosophy, Tallahassee Florida, April 2005.

2005

“Forgiveness and Paradox.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Halifax Canada, May 2003.

2003

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Forgiveness and Moral Solidarity,” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008. pp. 3-16.

2008

“An Ethic of Plurality: Reconciling Politics and Morality in Hannah Arendt,” History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Fellows Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

2006

“History and Judgment: Editors’ Introduction,” with I. Torsen, History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM JVF Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

2006

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

"Government Apologies to Indigenous Peoples."

2011

"Forgiveness and Mercy" (Encyclopedia Entry)

2011

Author Meets Critics: “Seeing Sympathy: Remarks on Nir Eisikovitz’s Sympathizing with the Enemy,”

2011

"The Philosophical Controversy Over Political Forgiveness."

2011

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).

2010


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2018 GS/PHIL5803 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy II SEMR
Fall 2018 GS/PHIL5802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall 2018 AP/PHIL4802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 GS/PHIL6850 6.0 A PhD Research Seminar SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 GS/PHIL6850 6.0 A PhD Research Seminar SEMR