Gail Weiss

Gail Weiss

Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Human Sciences
Phillips 524, Office Hours: TR 4:00-5:30 & by appt.
Phone: 202-994-4297

Areas of Expertise

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


Gail Weiss


Ph.D. Yale University


Monographs, Edited Journals, and Edited Volumes:

Guest Co-Editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist PhilosophySpecial 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

“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

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).

“Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty: Philosophers of Ambiguity” Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy. Eds. Shannon Mussett and William A. Wilkerson. (SUNY Press, forthcoming).

Birthing Responsibility” Philosophical Inquiry into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering. Eds. Sarah LaChance Adams and Caroline Lundquist. (Fordham U. Press, forthcoming).

"The Myth of Woman Meets the Myth of Old Age: An Alienating Encounter with the Aging Female Body" Age/Aging. On Simone de Beauvoir's The Coming of Age. Edited by Silvia Stroller. Vol 2 of Time in Feminist Thought, Eds. Helen Fielding, Dorothes Olkowski, and Christina Schües (Indiana University Press, forthcoming).

“Beauvoir” chapter for “Main Figures in Phenomenology” section. Routledge Companion to Phenomenology. Eds. Sebastian Luft and Sören Overgaaard. (Routledge Press, forthcoming).

Recent Conference Presentations

“Uncosmetic Surgeries: Marking the Limits of Normalcy” presented as part of a panel on “Vulnerable Bodies and the Trauma of the Real”at The Language of Illness and Pain: Identity, Communication, and the Clinical Encounter conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, July 2011.

“Uncosmetic Surgeries in an Age of Normativity” presented at the Body/Embodiment: Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine conference sponsored by the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, May 2011.

 “What does it Mean to Assume a Body?” presented at the Society for Women in Philosophy session at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, San Diego, April 2011.