Elizabeth S. Anderson

Department of Philosophy
University of Michigan
2239 Angell Hall
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Telephone: (734) 764-6285
Fax: (734) 763-8071
Email: eandersn@umich.edu

I am Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. I teach courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, political economy, philosophy of the social sciences, and feminist theory. My research focuses on democratic theory, equality in political philosophy and American law, racial integration, the ethical limits of markets, theories of value and rational choice (alternatives to consequentialism and economic theories of rational choice), the philosophies of John Stuart Mill and John Dewey, social epistemology, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science.  I am currently working on the history of egalitarianism, with a special focus on the social epistemology of moral learning, taking the history of abolitionism as a central case study.  I designed and was the first Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.


The Imperative of Integration
By Elizabeth Anderson

Sample Chapter

Table of Contents

Précis of The Imperative of Integration in Poverty and Race 20.4 (2011), published by the Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Podcast interview of author by Robert Talisse
, on New Books in Philosophy

Symposium on The Imperative of Integration in Gender, Race and Philosophy: The Blog

Winner of the American Philosophical Association's 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award
, for "an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences."

For a complete listing of my publications, see my vita.
For a more detailed look at selected publications, see my abstracts.
For access to full texts of selected publications, see my Full-text links.
Even more full text papers at Academia.edu and Research Gate.
To order my first book, Value in Ethics and Economics, go here.


Fall 2015: PHIL 610: John Dewey and his Philosophical Legacy

Winter 2016: PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy


I am Chair of the Department of Philosophy at University of Michigan.

I am Past President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.

More of My Work Online 

Occasional Pieces

Freethoughts podcast on egalitarianism at the Cato Institute

Interviews with Richard Carrier and 3:AM Magazine; featured on PEA Soup

Recharting the Map of Political Theory at
Bleeding Heart Libertarians

"The War at Home," Democracy 21 (2011)

Elizabeth Anderson and David Schmidtz talk about equality on Philosophy TV

"Tom Paine and the Ironies of Social Insurance"  U Chicago Law School

Left2Right archived blog entries:   all ¦ political economy only

Reference Works

Annotated Bibliography on Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action

The Geography of Race in the U.S. (with Jeff Jones)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, John Dewey's Moral Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science"

"How not to Criticize Feminist Epistemology: Review of Pinnick, Koertge, and Almeder's Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology"

This page last modified on January 8, 2016.