Tina Botts

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Lecturer in Philosophy and Legal Theory
Fellow in Law and Philosophy
Fall 2014 and Winter 2015

Office Location(s): 2248 Angell Hall
Phone: 734.764.6285
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  • Fields of Study
    • Philosophy of Law
    • Hermeneutics
    • Philosophy of Race
    • Feminist Philosophy
    • Social and Political Philosophy
    • Ethical Theory
    • Applied Ethics
    • History of Philosophy
  • About

    Dr. Botts' scholarship centers on the reexamination of laws and other paradigms (ethical, social, political, metaphysical, and epistemological) from the vantage point of the marginalized and oppressed, particularly racialized minority groups. Where a given paradigm is found lacking, Botts advocates alternative approaches or paradigm shifts designed to more fully respect these populations. The suggested paradigm shifts are grounded in insights obtained from philosophical hermeneutics and general themes in metaphysics and epistemology as found in the history of philosophy.  Botts' recent scholarship includes a law journal article, "Antidiscrimination Law and the Multiracial Experience: A Reply to Nancy Leong," 10 Hastings Poverty Law Journal 191, Summer 2013; a book chapter, "Hermeneutics, Race, and Gender" in The Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics, forthcoming from Taylor and Francis, and a co-written book chapter on "Women of Color Feminisms" in the 4th edition of Rosemarie Tong's Feminist Thought, Westview 2013.  Botts is currently at work on two books: a monograph, The Concept of Race, Aristotle's Proportional Equality, and Equal Protection Law, under contract with Lexington Books, and an edited collection, Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience.

  • Education
    • 2011 Ph.D., University of Memphis
    • 1992 J.D., Rutgers University – Camden
    • 1987, B.A., Philosophy, University of Maryland – College Park