The Jane Collective

The Jane Collective for Feminism in American Philosophies fosters discussion and encourages scholarship on issues in feminist thought as they occur in American philosophies, including their intersections with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, (dis)ability and age, etc. The Jane Collective offers a prize for outstanding feminist paper presented at the Annual SAAP meeting.

The Jane Collective began in 2006 with a breakfast discussion among feminist philosophers. It meets at the annual meetings for the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP), with additional meetings at the Summer Institute for American Philosophy (SIAP) when possible.  The group intentionally has a non-hierarchical structure with rotating leadership. The name reflects back to the Hull House Jane Club cooperative, which provided housing for young women working in local factories. The name also acknowledges the Chicago “Jane Collective” of the late 1960s early 1970s which provided abortion counseling for women prior to Roe v. Wade.

We welcome all who have interest in feminism in American philosophies to join in our conversations. Please contact us at

Highlights from the 2019 Feminist-Pragmatist Colloquium

Winners of the Jane Addams Prize:

2022: Erin Tarver (Oxford College of Emory University) – “Women’s Basketball as Democratic Practice: Addams on Recreation and Sport”

2021: Parysa Mostajir (University of Chicago) – “’Conjoint Communicated Experience’: Art as an Instrument of Democracy”

2020: Tess Varner (Concordia College) – “Transformative Hospitality: A Pragmatist-Feminist Perspective of Radical Welcome as Resistance”

2019: Danielle Lake (Elon University) – “Pragmatist Feminism as Philosophic Activism: The {R}evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”

2018: Christopher D. Tirres, “Spiritual Activism and Praxis: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Mature Spirituality,” The Pluralist 14 (Spring 2019): 119-140.

2017: Shireen Roshanravan, “The Coalitional Imperative of Asian American Feminist Visibility,” The Pluralist 13 (Spring 2018): 115-130.

2016: Margaret Newton, “Philosophical Letter Writing: A Look at Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz’s ‘Reply’ and Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘Speaking in Tongues,'” The Pluralist 12 (Spring 2017): 74-84.

2015: Marilyn Fischer, “A Pluralistic Universe in Twenty Years,” The Pluralist 11 (Spring 2016):1-18.

2014: Danielle Lake, “Jane Addams and Wicked Problems: Putting the Pragmatic Method to Use,” The Pluralist 9 (Fall 2014): 77-94.

2013: Denise James, “Reading Anna J. Cooper with William James: Black Feminist Visionary Pragmatism, Philosophy’s Culture of Justification, and Belief,” The Pluralist 8 (Fall 2013): 32-45.

2012: Carol Hay, “Justice and Objectivity for Pragmatists: Cosmopolitanism in the Work of Martha Nussbaum and Jane Addams,” The Pluralist 7 (Fall 2012): 86-95.

2011: John Kaag, “Narrative and Moral Psychology in the Philosophy of Ella Wyman Cabot,” The Pluralist 6 (Fall 2011): 50-63.

2010: Amrita Banerjee, “Reorienting the Ethics of Transnational Surrogacy as a Feminist Pragmatist,” The Pluralist 5 (Fall 2010): 107-128.

2009: Maurice Hamington, “Feminist Prophetic Pragmatism.” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (2009):83-91.

2008: Amrita Banerjee, “Follett’s Pragmatist Ontology of Relations: Potentials for a Feminist Perspective on Violence,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22 (2008): 3-11. 

2008: Barbara Lowe, “Receptive Perception, Particularized Justice, and Moral Agency,” Review Journal of Political Philosophy 5 (2007): 82-9