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Kate A. Manne

Associate Professor

Overview

Kate Manne has been teaching at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2011–2013), did her graduate work at MIT (2006–2011), and was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (2001–2005), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.

Nowadays, her research is primarily in moral, feminist, and social philosophy. Her first book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (New York: Oxford University Press) came out late in 2017 (copyright 2018). It constitutes a systemic exploration of the nature, function, and social dynamics of misogyny, even in allegedly post-patriarchal contexts such as the US, the UK, and Australia. Review essays and commentary about the book have appeared in The New YorkerThe Washington Post, the Times Literary SupplementGuernicaJezebelBitch MagazineVoxSlate, and the LA Review of Books, among other venues. Down Girl was selected as a Book of the Year by Carrie Tirado Bramen for Times Higher Education, Cordelia Fine for The Big Issue, Skye Cleary for The Reading Lists, Chuck Mertz for This is Hell, and was included among the Dozen Most Memorable Books of 2017 by Carlos Lozada for The Washington Post, the "Five Best Books on Cruelty and Evil" by Paul Bloom for Five Books, and "Big Summer Reads for 2018" by Kerri Miller (MPR News). 

Manne has also published a number of scholarly papers about the foundations of morality, which posit a novel source of some of the most fundamental moral claims on us as agents: the bodily imperatives of other people and creatures—e.g., a subject’s “make it stop!” state of pain, fear, hunger, or social humiliation—together with social norms that help to enable their fulfillment, and prevent their violation. She has defended Bernard Williams-style reasons internalism, arguing that a moral claim does not count as a reason for an agent unless she can be rationally persuaded to recognize it as a reason for her. And many agents appear quite recalcitrant.  

For a Sisyphean twist, Manne regularly writes opinion pieces, essays, and reviews on moral and political topics—in venues including The New York TimesThe Boston Review, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Departments/Programs

  • Philosophy
  • Society for the Humanities

Graduate Fields

  • Philosophy
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Courses

Fall 2019

Spring 2020