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Alessandra Tanesini

Yr Athro Alessandra Tanesini

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Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 29208 75663
Adeilad John Percival , Ystafell 1.47, Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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I am part of the School's Philosophy research group.

Additional publications


Philosophy of Language A-Z. Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

Wittgenstein. A Feminist Introduction. Polity Press, 2004.

An Introduction to Feminist Epistemologies. Blackwell, 1999.


Nietzsche on the Diachronic Will and the Problem of Morality. European Journal of Philosophy 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00564.x

Feminist Epistemology. Gender: The Key Concepts, ed. May Evans and Carolyn Williams. Routledge, London, 2012.

Perception and Action: The Taste Test (with Richard Gray). Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2010): 718-734.

Feminist Epistemology. Routledge Companion to Epistemology, ed. Duncan Pritchard and Sven Bernecker. Routledge, 2010.

Naturalism and Normativity: Rorty and Barad. Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty, ed. Marianne Janack. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.

Oggettivitá. Donna M’Apparve, ed. Nicla Vassallo. Codice Edizioni, 2009.

Virtues, Emotions and Fallibilism. Epistemology and the Emotions, eds. Georg Brun, Ulvi Doguoglu, and Dominique Kuenzle . Ashgate, 2008.

Bringing About the Normative Past. American Philosophical Quarterly 43 (2006): 191-206.

The Nature and Content of Experience: commentary on The World, The Flesh and the Subject by Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon. SWIF Philosophy of Mind Review 5 (2006):24-31.

A Theory of Assertives. Perspectives on the Philosophy of William P. Alston, ed. Heather Battaly and Michael P Lynch. Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Emotions and Rationality (with Mark Lance). New Essays in Philosophy of Language and Mind: Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary volume 30, eds. Maite Ezcurdia, Robert Stainton, and Christopher Viger. University of Calgary Press, 2004.

In Search of Community: Mouffe, Wittgenstein and Cavell. Radical Philosophy 110 (2001): 12-19.

Identity Judgements, Queer Politics (with Mark Norris Lance). Radical Philosophy 100 (2000): 42-51. Reprinted in Queer Theory ed. Iain Morland and Annabelle Willox. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

The Powers of Words: Feminism and Philosophy of Language. Women’s Philosophy Review, 21 (1999):26-46.

Real Knowledge and Real Norms. Social Epistemology 12 (1998): 241-251.

The Practices of Justification. Epistemology: The Big Questions, ed. Linda Martín Alcoff. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.

“Identity without an Entity” and “Ethics without Foundations: The Question of Universalism”, Surfaces(ftp harfang.cc.umontreal.ca), 1996.

Lyotard and Kripke: Essentialisms in Dispute (with Peter Sedgwick). American Philosophical Quarterly, 32 (1995): 271-278.

Nietzsche's Theory of Truth. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 73 (1995): 548-559. Selected to appear on the Humanities SIRS Renaissance Database, 1997.

The ‘Spider's Web’ and the ‘Tool’; Nietzsche vis-a-vis Rorty on Metaphor. Nietzsche: A Critical Reader, ed. Peter Sedgwick. London: Blackwell.

Whose Language? Knowing the Difference, ed. Kathleen Lennon and Margaret Whitford.London: Routledge, 1994. Reprinted in Women, Knowledge and Reality, ed. Ann Garry and Marilyn Pearsal , 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Why are Italians More Reasonable than Australians? (with A.J. Dale). Analysis 49 (1989): 189-194.

On Mackie’s Solution to Semantic Paradoxes. Logique et Analyse 31 (1988): 223-226.

Reviews and critical notices

Walk This Way. Review of Susan Hekman, The Material of Knowledge. Radical Philosophy 166 (2011): 44-45.

Review of Deborah K. Heikes, Rationality and Feminist Philosophy. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews2011.01.09.

The Non-Conjuctive Nature of Disjunctivism. Critical Notice of Alex Byrne and Heather Logue eds.,Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings and Adrian Haddock and Fiona MacPherson eds., Disjunctivism: Perception, Action and Knowledge. Teorema 29 (2010): 95-103.

Review of Ram Neta and Duncan Pritchard (ed), Arguing About Knowledge (Routledge, 2009). Times Higher Education: Textbook Guide (17 September 2009).

Review of Kevin Timpe (ed.), Arguing About Religion (Routledge, 2009). Times Higher Education: Textbook Guide (17 September 2009).

Review of Matt Zwolinski (ed.), Arguing About Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2009). Times Higher Education: Textbook Guide (17 September 2009).

Review of Michael C. Rea (ed.) Arguing About Metaphysics (Routledge, 2009). Times Higher Education: Textbook Guide (17 September 2009).

Donna non si nasce, lo si diventa. Diogene 16 (2009): 47-49.

Unlike McDowell. Review of Eze, On Reason. Radical Philosophy 155 (2009): 56-57.

Critical notice of Bilgrami’s Self-Knowledge and Resentment. Philosophical Books 49 (2008): 238-245.

Intentionality and the Externalism versus Internalism Debate. A Commentary on Gallagher and Zahavi.The Phenomenological Mind. Abstracta Special Issue II (2008): 45-53.

Review of Barry Smith (ed.), Questions of Taste. The Philosophy of Wine. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (2008):779-782.

Review of Lorraine Code, Ecological Thinking. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2008): 560-562.

Review of Matthias Steup and Ernest Sosa (eds), Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, Philosophical Quarterly 57 (2007): 303-306.

Critique of Love. Review of Wendy Brown, Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics. Radical Philosophy 139 (2006): 51-53.

Language-Play. Review of Chris Lawn, Wittgenstein and Gadamer: Towards a Post-Analytic Philosophy of Language. Radical Philosophy 135 (2006): 42-44.

Review of Sharyn Clough, Beyond Epistemology: A Pragmatist Approach to Feminist Science Studies.Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005.07.18.

Review of Gregory Moore, Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor. European Journal of English Studies 9 (2005): 95-96.

Review of Rachel Alsop, Annette Fitzsimons and Kathleen Lennon, Theorizing Gender. Journal of Applied Ethics 22 (2005): 90-92.

Quiet despair. Review of Bernard Williams, Truth and Truthfulness. Radical Philosophy 121 (2003): 51-53.

Review of Peg O’Connor, Oppression and Responsibility: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Social Practices and Moral Theory. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003.02.10.

Review of Eloise A. Buker, Talking Feminist Politics and Susan J. Hekman, The Future of Differences.American Political Science Review 96 (2002): 799-801.

Unreachable. Review of Wendy Brown, Politics Out of History. Radical Philosophy 114 (2002): 43-45.

Review of Cressida Heyes, Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice. Women’s Philosophy Review 27 (2001): 92-95.

The Tebbit Tendency. Review of Will Kymlicka, Politics in the Vernacular. Radical Philosophy, 109 (2001): 39-42.

Review of Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America by David Theo Goldberg, Radical Philosophy, 95, 1999, p. 61.

Drawing the Colour Line. Review of K. Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race. Radical Philosophy 95 (1999): 46-48.

The Culture of Biotechnology. A Review of Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium: FemaleMan©_Meets_OncoMouse™, by Donna J. Haraway. Radical Philosophy 91 (1998): 41-42.

Review of Adriana Cavarero, Tu che mi guardi, Tu che mi racconti. Women’s Philosophy Review 18 (1998): 64-65.

Review of Judith Butler, Excitable Speech. Women’s Philosophy Review 18 (1998): 51-53.

Review of Diotima, Oltre L'Uguaglianza: Le Radici Femminili dell'Autorità. Women’s Philosophy Review 15 (1996): 20-21.

Review of S. Kemp and P. Bono, The Lonely Mirror. Textual Practice 8 (1994): 498-500.

Review of International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Philosophy Today 15 (1994): 3-4.

Other publications

Report of Conference on Under-Represented Groups in Philosophy, Cardiff November 2010 (with Jules Holroyd). Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (2012): 243–249.

New APPS Interview: Alessandra Tanesini – Parts I and II. www.newappsblog.com (October 2011)

Feminist Philosophy. Oxford Bibliographies Online. 16-Jun-2010.

The Canon: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus. Times Higher Education 3-9 December 2009: 49.

Straw Poll: Should the Airwaves be Policed? The Philosophers’ Magazine 34 (2006): 10.

Genes and Gays: The Irrelevance of Biology to Queer Identities. The Philosophers’ Magazine 11(2000): 51-52.

Troubling Philosophy: An Interview with Judith Butler. Women’s Philosophy Review 18 (1998): 7-21.

The Philosopher’s Bookshelf: Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. Women’s Philosophy Review 17 (1997): 73-74.






















  • Tanesini, A. 2004. Wittgenstein: A feminist interpretation. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Tanesini, A. and Lance, M. 2004. Emotions and rationality. In: Ezcurdia, M., Stainton, R. and Viger, C. eds. New Essays in Philosophy of Language and Mind: Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume., Vol. 30. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, pp. 275-295.













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For many years my work has focused on a range of issues and topics in epistemology (especially feminist and social epistemology) and in the philosophy of language (especially theories of truth in both analytic and continental philosophy). I am the author of two monographs (one in feminist epistemology and the other on Wittgenstein) and of a reference work in the philosophy of language. I have published numerous articles in peer-refereed journals and collections on a variety of topics including: Nietzsche on truth, the role of emotions in epistemology, temporal externalism about meaning, and the debate over essentialism in feminism.

More recently, I started work in the philosophy of mind as embedded, embodied, enactive and extended. Together with my colleague Richard Gray, I am one of the founding members of a Research Network in the Philosophy of Mind which has already organised two workshops drawing participants from the UK, US, Ireland, Spain and Croatia.

Research interests

  • epistemology
  • feminism
  • philosophy of mind and language
  • Wittgenstein


Teaching interests

  • formal logic
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of feminism
  • philosophy of mind and language


I did my undergraduate work at Bologna University (Italy) and gained my PhD on Quine at the University of Hull (UK). In the meantime I studied and taught for a couple of years at Syracuse University (US) before coming to Cardiff in 1992. 

In 1996 I was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in School of Philosophy (General Philosophy) at the University of Sydney, and in 1997 I was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University (US).

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I am available to supervise PhD students on topic related to

  • Social epistemology
  • Virtue and vice Epistemology
  • Epistemic injustice
  • The epistemology of ignorance
  • Feminist Philosophy

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