Janet Kourany

Janet Kourany


Associate Professor of Philosophy
Concurrent Associate Professor of Gender Studies

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-6864
Email: jkourany@nd.edu

Office: 303 Malloy Hall
On Leave AY 2017



Ph.D., Columbia University

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Science, Science and Values, Feminist Philosophy, Agnotology


Recent Articles:


  • “Agnotology, Feminism, and Philosophy: Potentially the Closest of Colleagues,” The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism, edited by Pieranna Garavaso, forthcoming.
  • “Should Some Knowledge Be Forbidden? The Case of Cognitive Differences Research,” Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
  • "Philosophy of Science and the Feminist Legacy," The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, ed. Ann Garry, Serene Khader, and Alison Stone, 2016
  • "Science—For Better or Worse, a Source of Ignorance as Well as Knowledge," International Handbook of Ignorance Studies, ed. Linsey McGoey and Matthias Gross, Routledge, 2015
  • "The New Ignorance," Scientific Explanation and Methodology of Science, ed. Chuang Liu, 2014
  • “Human Enhancement: Making the Debate More Productive,” Erkenntnis, 2014
  • "Le débat sur l'amélioration humaine: quelle contribution des philosophes des sciences?", Science, Philosophie, Société, ed. Stéphanie Ruphy and Alexandre Guay, PUFC (Presses universitaires de Franche Comté), 2014
  • "Meeting the Challenges to Socially Responsible Science: Reply to Brown, Lacey, and Potter," Philosophical Studies, 163 (1) (March 2013)
  • “The Ideal of Socially Responsible Science: Reply to Dupré, Rolin, Solomon, and Giere,” Perspectives on Science, 20 (3) (Fall 2012)
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Opening the Discussion,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, II (2) (Spring 2012)
  • “Feminist Critiques: Harding and Longino,” Philosophy of Science: The Key Thinkers, James Robert Brown (ed.), Continuum, 2012
  •  “Integrating the Ethical into Scientific Rationality,” Science in the Context of Application: Methodological Change, Conceptual Transformation, Cultural Reorientation, Martin Carrier and Alfred Nordmann (eds.), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 274, Springer, 2011
  • “How Do Women Fare in Philosophy Journals: An Introduction,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 10(1), 2010
  • “John Forge, The Responsible Scientist: A Philosophical Inquiry” (Review),Philosophy of Science 77(1), 2010
  • "The Place of Standpoint Theory in Feminist Science Studies," Hypatia, 24(4), 2009
  • “Why Are Women Only 21% of Philosophy?: An Introduction” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 8(2), 2009
  • "Philosophy of Science: A Subject with a Great Future," Philosophy of Science 75(5), 2008
  • "Replacing the Ideal of Value-Free Science," The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited, Martin Carrier, Don Howard, and Janet Kourany (eds.), University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008
  • "Making a Place for the Other" American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (special issue on "Women's Choices: Family Matters in the Profession"), Sally Scholz (ed.), 7(1), 2007
  • “Getting Philosophy of Science Socially Connected,” Philosophy of Science73(5), 2006
  • “Feminist Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Perspectives,” Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed., vol. 3, Don Borchert (ed.), 2006
  • “A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science,” Philosophie und/als Wissenschaft, Christian Nimtz and Ansgar Beckermann (eds.), Mentis, 2005
  • “How to Complete the Compatibilist Account of Free Action” (with James Sterba), Philosophy: The Big Questions, Ruth Sample, Charles Mills, and James Sterba (eds.), Blackwell, 2004
  • A Philosophy of Science for the Twenty-First Century," Philosophy of Science70(1), 2003
  • Reply to Giere," Philosophy of Science 70(1), 2003
  • Socially Responsible Directions for Philosophy of Science," Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology, Cassandra Pinnick, Noretta Koertge, and Robert Almeder (eds.), Rutgers University Press, 2003
  • "A Successor to the Realism/Anti-Realism Question," Philosophy of Science 67(5) (Proceedings), 2000
  • "What Does Feminism Contribute to Philosophy of Science?" Controversies in Feminism, James P. Sterba (ed.), Rowman and Littlefield, 2000
  • "No Need to Be Sorry, Virginia," Controversies in Feminism, James P. Sterba (ed.), Rowman and Littlefield, 2000


  • Philosophy of Science After Feminism, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited (ed. with Martin Carrier and Don Howard), University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008
  • The Gender of Science (ed.), Prentice Hall, 2002
  • Feminist Philosophies (ed. with James Sterba and Rosemarie Tong), Prentice Hall, 1999, 1992
  • Philosophy in a Feminist Voice (ed.), Princeton University Press, 1998
  • Scientific Knowledge (ed.), Wadsworth, 1998, 1987