Elizabeth Anderson

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Elizabeth Anderson

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, Chair, Philosophy Dept.

Office Location(s): 2215A AH
Phone: 734.764.6285
eandersn@umich.edu , phil-chair@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Professor, Women's Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Moral and Political, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science
  • About

    Professor Anderson specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, social epistemology, and the philosophy of economics and the social sciences. She is particularly interested in exploring the interactions of social science with moral and political theory, how we learn to improve our value judgments, the epistemic functions of emotions and democratic deliberation, and issues of race, gender, and equality. She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics and many articles on value theory, the ethical limitations of markets, facts and values in social scientific research, feminist and social epistemology, racial integration and affirmative action, rational choice and social norms, democratic theory, egalitarianism, and the history of ethics (focusing on Kant, Mill, and Dewey). Her latest book, The Imperative of Integration, was published by Princeton University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present. Professor Anderson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Check out the New Books in Philosophy site to hear to an interview about The Imperative of Integration.


  • Education
    • 1987, Ph.D., Philosophy, Harvard University
      1984, A.M., Philosophy, Harvard University
      1981, B.A., Philosophy with minor in Economics, High Honors, Swarthmore College