Gail Weiss

Gail Weiss

Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Human Sciences
Phillips 524, Office Hours: TR 2:30-3:45 & by appt.
Phone: 202-994-4297

Areas of Expertise

phenomenology, existentialism, feminist theory, critical race theory, philosophy of literature


Gail Weiss



Spring 2015 course: PHIL 4193.10 TR 12:45-2:00 


Ph.D. Yale University


Monographs, Edited Journals, and Edited Volumes:

Guest Co-Editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Cluster Issue on “Contesting the Norms of Embodiment” Volume 27.2 (Winter 2012).

Guest Co-Editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on “Ethics of Embodiment” Volume 26.3 (Summer 2011).

Refiguring the Ordinary (Indiana University Press, 2008)

Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty (SUNY Press, 2008)

Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006)

Thinking the Limits of the Body (SUNY Press, 2003)

Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality (Routledge, 1999)

Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersections of Nature and Culture (Routledge, 1999)

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Myth of Woman Meets the Myth of Old Age: An Alienating Encounter with the Aging Female Body” Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age: Gender, Ethics, and Time. Edited by Silvia Stoller. (Walter De Gruyter Press, 2014, 47-64).

“Pride and Prejudice: Ambiguous Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Identities of Jewish Bodies” Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race, edited by Emily Lee. (SUNY Press 2014, 213-232).

“Uncosmetic Surgery in an Age of Normativity” Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine. Eds. Kristin Zeiler and Lisa Folkmarson Käll. (SUNY Press, 2014, 101-117).

“Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty: Philosophers of Ambiguity” Beauvoir Engages Philosophy: Essays on Beauvoir’s Dialogue with Western Thought. Eds. Shannon Mussett and William A. Wilkerson. (SUNY Press, 2012, 171-190).

“Birthing Responsibility: On the Moral Significance of Natality” Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering. Eds. Sarah LaChance Adams and Caroline Lundquist. (Fordham U. Press, 2012, 109-119).

“Simone de Beauvoir” chapter for Part 1: “Main Figures in the phenomenological movement” The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology. Eds. Sebastian Luft and Søren Overgaard. (Routledge Press, 2012), 92-102.

“Embodying the Ethical” (co-authored with Debra Bergoffen). Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on “Ethics of Embodiment” Volume 26.3 (Summer 2011), 453-460.

“Sharing Time across Unshared Horizons” Time in Feminist Phenomenology. Eds. Helen Fielding, Dorothea Olkowski, and Christina Schües. (Indiana University Press, 2011, 171-188). 

"Intertwined Identities" The Body Within: Art, Medicine, and Visualization. Eds. Renée Van de Vall, and Robert Zwijnenberg.  (Brill Academic Publishers, 2009, 173-186).

Freedom F/or the Other" Beauvoir and Sartre: The Riddle of Influence. Eds. Christine Daigle and Jacob Golomb (Indiana University Press 2009), 241-254.

Interview Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy. Volume 1. (University College Dublin, Autumn 2008), 3-8.

“The ‘Normal Abnormalities’ of Disability and Old Age: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir” (in Japanese) Gendai Shiso: Revue de la Pensée D’Aujourd’hui. Vol. 36-16 (2008), 312-321.

“Ambiguity” Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts.  Eds. Rosalyn DiProse and Jack Reynolds. (Acumen Publishing 2008), 132-141.

“Urban Flesh: The Fragility of Dwelling” Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings. Ed. Sharon M. Meagher. (SUNY Press 2008), 225-230.

"Mothers/Intellectuals: Alterities of a 'Dual' Identity" The Other: Feminist Reflections in Ethics. eds. Anne Reichold, Helen Fielding, Gabrielle Hiltmann, and Dorothea Olkowski. (Palgrave Macmillan Press 2007, 138-165).

"Challenging Choices: An Ethic of Oppression" The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays. Ed. Margaret A. Simons. (Indiana University Press 2006), 241-261.

"Death and the Other: Rethinking Authenticity" The Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics. Eds. Mary C. Rawlinson and Shannon Lundeen. Philosophy and Medicine: 88. (Springer Press 2006), 103-116.

Works in Progress

“De-Naturalizing the Natural Attitude: A Husserlian Legacy to Social Phenomenology” invited article for the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. Editor-in-chief: James Morley (forthcoming).

"The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Implications of Merleau-Ponty's Work for Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies" (forthcoming, Continental Philosophy Review).

“The ‘Normal Abnormalities’ of Disability and Aging: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir” Feminist Phenomenology Futures. Eds. Helen Fielding and Dorothea Olkowski (to be reviewed by Indiana University Press).

“Ambiguities of Desire: Beauvoir and Irigaray” The Matter of Distance: Beauvoir and Irigaray. Eds. Emily Parker and Anne Van Leeuwen. (SUNY Press, under review).

“Body” entry for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Editor-in-Chief Hugh LaFollette (Wiley Press, forthcoming).

Recent Conference Presentations

“The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Negotiating Adversity through the Creation of New Bodily Norms” to be presented at the 39th International Merleau-Ponty Circle Conference on “Adversity and Creation,” a bilingual philosophy conference in French and English, University of Geneva, Switzerland, August 2014.

“Racism Day by Day: Beauvoir’s and Merleau-Ponty’s Existential Contributions to Critical Race Theory” Invited talk for the “Diverse Lineages of Existentialism” Conference, St. Louis, June 2014.

“De-Naturalizing the Natural Attitude: A Husserlian Legacy to Social Phenomenology”

Keynote presentation delivered at the International Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) Conference, St. Louis University, May 2014.

“The Place of Time” presented at the 52nd annual Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) conference, University of Oregon, October 2013.

“The Silverman Network” Invited talk for the Hugh Silverman Symposium, SUNY Stony Brook, September 2013.

“Beauvoir, Irigaray, and the Ambiguities of Desire” Invited talk for the “Future Directions in Feminist Phenomenology” Conference, University of Western Ontario, May 2013.

"The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Implications of Merleau-Ponty's Work for Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies" Keynote presentation for the “Merleau-Ponty into the Future” Symposium, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University, April 2013.