Dr. Gail Weiss

Gail Weiss

Title:
Professor of Philosophy and Human Sciences
Office:
Rome 453
Phone: 202-994-4297
Email:
gweiss@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

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

Background

Gail Weiss

Education

Ph.D. Yale University

Publications

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)

Recent Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Chapters

"The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Implications of Merleau-Ponty's Work for Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies" Continental Philosophy Review Volume 48, Issue 1 (2015), 77-93.

“Body” entry for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Editor-in-Chief Hugh LaFollette (Wiley Press, 2015), DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee806.

“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). 

Forthcoming Publications

“Race and Phenomenology” 6,000 word chapter commissioned for the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, eds. Linda Martìn Alcoff and Paul Taylor (Routledge Press, forthcoming).

“The Silverman Network” Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hugh J. Silverman (1945–2013), eds. Peter Gratton, Donald A. Landes, and Leonard Lawlor (SUNY Press, forthcoming).

“Sedimented Attitudes and Existential Responsibilities” Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters, eds. Luna Dolezal and Danielle Petherbridge (Routledge Press, forthcoming).

 “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 Abnormalities’ of Disability and Aging: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir” Feminist Phenomenology Futures. Eds. Helen Fielding and Dorothea Olkowski (Indiana University Press, forthcoming).

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

Recent Conference Presentations

“Shifting Geographies of the Flesh” presented at the “Shifting the Geography of Reason XII: Technologies of Liberation” conference sponsored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Quintana Roo, Mexico, June 2015.

“Sedimented Attitudes and Existential Responsibilities” presented at the “Open Embodiments” Somatechnics 2015 conference, Center for Critical Studies of the Body, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 2015.

“A Genealogy of Women’s (Un)Ethical Bodies” Keynote presentation for the “Women Making a Difference in Philosophy” series, New College, Sarasota, FL, February 2015.

“A Genealogy of Women’s (Un)Ethical Bodies” Keynote presentation for the Ireland Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP-I) annual conference on the theme, “Women’s Bodies.” University College, Dublin, Ireland, November 2014.

“The Normal, the Natural, and the Normative: Negotiating Adversity through the Creation of New Bodily Norms” 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.

Classes Taught

Dr. Weiss is on sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year.