Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones


Associate Professor

19th & 20th century continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, aesthetics

Professor Jones received her B.A. in Philosophy and German from St. John's College, Oxford University, and her MA and PhD in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick. Her teaching and research interests include key thinkers and themes in continental and feminist philosophy (such as Kant, Nietzsche, Lyotard, and Irigaray; self and body, the sublime, sexual difference). She is interested in working with art and literature to explore philosophical questions and in the intersection of feminist philosophy with perspectives from queer theory, transnational feminisms, and critical race and decolonial theory. Her current research takes Kant's essays on the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 as a prompt for re-interrogating human beings' relations to materiality, natality, and difference.

Dr. Jones is a member of the Executive Committee for the Luce Irigaray Circle http://www.irigaray.org and for philoSOPHIA http://www.philosophiafeministsociety.com and currently serves as a 'Member at Large' for the International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP).

Selected Publications

co-authored, with Emily Anne Parker, 'The Anthropocene and Elemental Multiplicity', Special Issue of ELN on 'Environmental Trajectories', Spring/Fall 2017, 55. 1-2; 61-70.

‘Active Matter and Vital Materiality: Between Irigaray and Bennett’, Special Issue of Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology on 'Irigaray and Ecofeminism', Vol. 46.2, 2015; 156-172.

‘Re-Reading Diotima: Resources for a Relational Pedagogy’, Special Issue of Journal of Philosophy of Education: ‘Re-imagining Relationships in Education: Ethics, Politics and Practices’, ed. M. Griffiths et al, Vol 48 Issue 2, 2014; 183-201.

‘On the Value of Not Knowing: Wonder, Beginning Again, and Letting Be’, in On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, E. Fischer and R. Fortnum, eds. (London: Black Dog Publishing, September 2013).

'Fear, the Sublime and Sheltered Difference’, in Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity, ed. P. Rawes, Architexts Series (Routledge, 2013).

‘Lyotard and Irigaray on Eros, Infancy and Birth: the Dissymmetrical Horizons of Being Between’, in Jean-François Lyotard: New Encounters, H. Bickis and R. Shields, eds. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

 ‘Adventures in the Abyss: Kant, Irigaray and Earthquakes’, Symposium: Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy, Volume 17.1, Spring 2013.

 ‘Irigaray and Lyotard: Birth, Infancy, and Metaphysics’, Hypatia, Vol. 27 Issue 1, Winter 2012.

Luce Irigaray: Towards a Sexuate Philosophy, Key Contemporary Thinkers series (Cambridge: Polity, 2011).

Courses Taught

PHIL 156 What is Art?

PHIL 336 Twentieth-Century Continental Thought - Existentialism

PHIL 338 Philosophy, Sex and Gender

PHIL 421 Philosophy Seminar (Nietzsche)

PHIL 721 Graduate Seminar: Kant's third Critique

PHIL 730 Nietzsche and his Readers

WMST 630/PHIL 694 Feminist Theory Across the Disciplines

HNRS 110 Research Methods

HNRS 130 Conceptions of Self

HNRS 240 Reading the Past: Body Politics – Women and the Political

Recent Presentations

Living with Contingency - A Response to Sue Wrbican’s ‘Well Past the Echo” Invited public talk, Greater Reston Arts Center, October 2017, to accompany an exhibition of new work by artist and George Mason Professor and Director of Photography, Sue Wrbican: