Wendy Lee, Ph.D.
- Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. - Marquette University
B.A. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Professor Lee is deeply committed to teaching and writing as an engaged philosopher, especially with respect to environmental, feminist, social and economic justice, and animal rights issues. Lee has published about 45 scholarly essays in her areas of expertise—philosophy of language (particularly later Wittgenstein), philosophy of mind/brain, feminist theory, theory of sexual identity, post-Marxian theory, nonhuman animal welfare, ecological aesthetics, aesthetic phenomenology, and philosophy of ecology. Her most recent book is Eco-Nihilism: The Philosophical Geopolitics of the Climate Change Apocalypse (Lexington 2017).
Areas of Specialization
environmental philosophy, feminist theory, philosophy of mind
1. On Marx (Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2001)
2. Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues (Broadview Publishing Co., 2010)
- 2010. Commentary on Eric Cave’s “Marital Pluralism: Making Marriage Safer for Love,” Sex, Love, and Friendship, Volume 2. The Society for Sex and Love. Ed., Alan Soble, Paragon House, 2010.
- 2009. Restoring Human-Centeredness to Environmental Conscience: The Ecocentrist’s Dilemma, The Role of Heterosexualized Anthropomorphizing, and the Significance of Language to Ecological Feminism. Ethics and the Environment.
- 2008. Environmental Pragmatism Revisited: Human-Centeredness, Language, and the Future of Aesthetic Experience. Environmental Philosophy. 5.1, (Spring), p. 9-22.
- 2007. “Who’s My Special Beagle?” in Ed. Steven Hales, What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Dog. Chicago, IL: Open Court.
- 2007. Forthcoming. Environmental Responsibility and the Future of Human Consciousness. Proceedings. The Philosophy of Pragmatism: Religious Premises, Moral Issues and Historical Impact, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. September 27-30.
- 2006. On Ecology and Aesthetic Experience: A Feminist Theory of Value and Praxis. Ethics and the Environment.
- 2005. The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature, Scientific Objectivity, and the Standpoint of the Subjugated: Anthropocentrism Reimagined. Ethics, Place, Environment.
- 2005. On the (Im)materiality of Violence: Subjects, Bodies, and the Experience of Pain. Feminist Theory.
- 2005. Sexuality in the Work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. The Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Sex. Ed. Alan Soble.
- 2005. The Sexual Dialectics of Karl Marx. The Encyclopaedia of the Philosophy of Sex. Ed. Alan Soble.
- 2003. One Man Opens His Seeing Eye: The Epistemic Ubiquity of Anthropomorphizing and its Implications for Conceptions of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity. The Grammar of Politics. Cornell University Press. Ed Cressida Heyes.
- 2002. Wittgensteinian Vision(s): A Queer Context for a Situated Episteme. Rereading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein. Ed. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor. Penn State Press.
- 2001. Feminist Theory, Radical Lesbian. International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Eds. Neil J. Smelzer (Stanford) & Paul M. Bates (Max Plank Institute). Pergamon Press: Amsterdam.
- 2001. Queering Ecological Feminism: Erotophobia, Commodification, Art, and Lesbian Identity. Co-authored with Laura Dow. Ethics and the Environment 6.2.
- 1999. Spilling all Over the Wide Fields of Our Passions: Frye, Wittgenstein, and Butler on the Contexts of Attention, Intention, and Sexual Identity. Hypatia 14.3 (Summer).
- 1999. The Sound of Little Hummingbird Wings: A Wittgensteinian Investigation of Forms of Life as Forms of Power. Feminist Studies.
- 1999. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminist Philosophy, Report of the Eighth Symposium of the International Association of Women in Philosophy: Lessons on the Gynaeceum, 1998 Plenary Session for Mary Daly’s Quintessence: Realizing the Archaic Future
- 1998. The Foundation Walls that are Carried by the House: A Critique of the Poverty of Stimulus Thesis and a Wittgensteinian-Dennettian Alternative. The Journal of Mind and Behavior.
- 1997. (reprinted) Women-Animals-Machines: A Grammar for a Wittgenstein Ecofeminism. Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature. Ed. Karen Warren. Indiana University Press.
- 1996. Anthropomorphism without Anthropocentrism: A Wittgensteinian Ecofeminist Alternative to Deep Ecology. Ethics and the Environment 1.2 (Fall 1996).
- 1995. Women-Animals-Machines: A Grammar for a Wittgenstein Ecofeminism. The Journal of Value Inquiry 29.1.
- 1995. Decisions of Identity: Feminist Subjects and Grammars of Sexuality. Hypatia 10.4 (Fall).
- 1994. Marx and the Ideology of Gender: A Paradox of Praxis and Nature. In Engenderings Critical Feminist Readings in the History of Modern Western Philosophy. Ed. B. Bar On. NY: SUNY Press, 185-200.
- 1992. Telos and the Unity of Psychology: Aristotle’s De Anima II.3-4. Apeiron 25.1 (March).
- 1991. History as Genealogy: Wittgenstein and the Feminist Deconstruction of Objectivity. Philosophy and Theology. V.4 (Summer).
- 1989. The Deconstruction of Woman in the History of Man. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism. (March).
- 2010. The Contemporary Culture Industry, the Reemergence of Religious Fundamentalism(s) and Feminist Discourses of Resistance. Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Oregon State University, July 17-22.
- 2009. Outsourced Surrogacy via In Vitro Fertilization, the Global Market, and Peter Paul Verbeek’s ‘Technological Artifacts.’ Spirituality, Morality and Social Justice: East and West. The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion. Kolkata, India, December 28-30.
- 2009. Outsourced Surrogacy via In Vitro Fertilization, the Global Market, and Peter Paul Verbeek’s ‘Technological Artifacts.’ Feminist Legacies/Feminist Futures: Hypatia 25th Anniversary Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October 22-24.
- 2009. Reproductive Technology and the Global Exploitation of Women’s Sexuality. The Public and the Private in the 21st Century: The North American Society for Social Philosophy, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 30-August 1, 2009.
- 2009. Charting a Feminist Response to the Future of Reproductive Technology. Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World Conference, Hartwick College, July 18-20, 2009.
- 2009. Ecological Feminism: A Critical Praxis for the 21st Century. From the Local to the Global: International Sustainability Conference. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, April 22-25.
- 2009. “Who’s My Special Beagle?” Evolution, The Environment, and Responsible Knowledge: An International Multidisciplinary Conference on Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, and Ethics. University of Central Florida, January 26-8.
- 2008. “Religious Fundamentalism: The Oldest and Newest Face of Oppression.” Freedom and Soveriegnity, Globalization and Colinization: The International and Interdisciplinary Conference. Sponsored by The center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, Wes Virginia, November 14-15th, 2008.
- 2008. Restoring Human-Centeredness to Environmental Conscience: The Ecocentrist’s Dilemma, The Role of Heterosexualized Anthropomorphizing, and the Significance of Language to Ecological Feminism. Thinking Through Nature: The International Association for Environmental Philosophy Conference. University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, June 19-22.
- 2008. Aristotle’s Conception of Life and its Significance for Feminist Theory. Third International Conference on Philosophy, Athens, Greece, June 2-5.
- 2007. Restoring Human-Centeredness to Environmental Conscience: The Ecocentrist’s Dilemma, The Role of Heterosexualized Anthropomorphizing, and the Significance of Language to Ecological Feminism. 16th Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York, October 26 & 27.
- 2007. Bewitching Words and Deep Confusions: Some Wittgensteinian Therapy for Hugh McDonald’s Environmental Pragmatism. The Philosophy of Pragmatism: Salient Inquiries. University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. September 26-29.
- 2007. Restoring Environmental Conscience to Human-Centeredness: A Critique of the Heterosexualized Chauvinism of Anthropomorphizing Language. North American Society for Social and Political Philosophy Conference (NASSPP), Millersville, PA, July 12-14, 2007.
- 2007. Advancing the Deep Ecology/Ecofeminism Debate: A Dialogue between Fred Bender and Wendy Lynne Lee. Panel Perspectives: From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism: Making the Shift Online E-Conference, 14-30 April.
- 2006. Environmental Responsibility and the Future of Human Consciousness. The International Association for Environmental Philosophy. Tenth Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 14-16.
- 2006. Ibid. The Philosophy of Pragmatism: Religious Premises, Moral Issues and Historical Impact, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. September 27-30.
- 2006. Anthropocentrism Reimagined: Ecology, Language, Aesthetic Experience, and Epistemic Responsibility. North American Association for Social and Political Philosophy. University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, September 3-5.
- 2006. On the (Im)materiality of Violence: Subjects, Bodies, and the Experience of Pain. Society for Phenomenology and Media Third Annual International Conference, La Jolla, CA, February 23-5.
- 2004. The Sense of the Other: A Feminist and Phenomenological Critique of John Searle’s Collective Intentionality. Society for Social and Political Philosophy, Session GIV-7, The American Philosophical Association Conference, Dec 27-30, Boston, MA.
- 2004. Scientific Inquiry, Aesthetic Experience of Natural Objects, and Human-Centeredness: A Little Girl and Her Turtle. Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies Conference, University of Washington, Nov. 5-7, Seattle, WA.
- 2004.On Contemporary Philosophy of Minds and Matter: A Feminist Critique of John Searle. Language, Consciousness, Culture: East and West. The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion. January 3-6, Calcutta, India.
- 2002. Confessions of the Flesh: The Ubiquity of Violence at the Heart of (the) Matter (Philosophy and Tattoo). The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society: Eighth Annual Convention on Psychoanalysis and Social Change. The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 25-7.
- 2002. Folk Psychology, Anthropomorphism, and Cognitive Ethology. International Association of Women Philosophers, Symposium X, Center for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona, Spain, October 4-6.
- 2002. Ibid. International Association of Social and Political Philosophers Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, July 15-19.
- 2001. Commentator. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Conference, Society for Gay and Lesbian Philosophy, National Science Foundation Panel on Gays and Lesbians in Science. Atlanta, GA, December 27-30.
- 2001. Feminist Interpretations of Mary Daly. American Philosophical Association, Central Division Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 3.
- 2001. But One Day Man Opens His Seeing Eye: Race, Sex, and the Linguistic Politics of Anthropomorphizing. Invited Keynote Lecture, Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, March 23-5.
- 2000.Feminist, Race, and Queer Theory: Marxism and the Critique of Oppression. Society for Women in Philosophy, Midwest Division Conference, Antioch College, Antioch, OH, October 20-22.
- 2000. One Man Opens His Seeing Eye: The Epistemic Ubiquity of Anthropomorphizing and its Implications for Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity. International Association of Women Philosophers, Symposium IX, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, October 11-14.