mjobrien


Maggie O'Brien

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Department of Philosophy

Assistant Professor

Email: mjobrien@yorku.ca


Before starting at York, I taught at the University of Edinburgh in both the Law School and Philosophy Deptartment. I received my PhD in philosophy from McMaster University in 2016 and completed a Masters in Studies in Law from the University of Toronto in 2017.

I research and teach in feminist, legal, and political philosophy. I am particularly interested in the questions that come up at the intersection of these areas. My current work is on standing—both legal standing and moral and political standing. Standing (to a first approximation) means the right to perform certain sorts of speech-acts. I am developing a feminist case for a skeptical view about the value of standing norms according to which they are pernicious, especially to women.

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2022 AP/PHIL2050 3.0 A Philosophy of Law BLEN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2022 AP/PHIL4802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/PHIL1000 6.0 A Introduction to Philosophy LECT
Fall 2022 GS/PHIL5803 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy II SEMR
Fall 2022 GS/PHIL5802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR


Before starting at York, I taught at the University of Edinburgh in both the Law School and Philosophy Deptartment. I received my PhD in philosophy from McMaster University in 2016 and completed a Masters in Studies in Law from the University of Toronto in 2017.

I research and teach in feminist, legal, and political philosophy. I am particularly interested in the questions that come up at the intersection of these areas. My current work is on standing—both legal standing and moral and political standing. Standing (to a first approximation) means the right to perform certain sorts of speech-acts. I am developing a feminist case for a skeptical view about the value of standing norms according to which they are pernicious, especially to women.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2022 AP/PHIL2050 3.0 A Philosophy of Law BLEN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2022 AP/PHIL4802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/PHIL1000 6.0 A Introduction to Philosophy LECT
Fall 2022 GS/PHIL5803 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy II SEMR
Fall 2022 GS/PHIL5802 3.0 A Core Practical Philosophy I SEMR