BAT-AMI BAR ON
Professor of Philosophy
and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Director of the Institute for
Advanced Studies in the Humanities
I am a Professor of Philosophy and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies in the Humanities, and Chair of Judaic Studies at Binghamton University. I have been at Binghamton University since 1991. I received my B.A. (in philosophy and sociology) and my M.A. (in philosophy) from Tel-Aviv University and my Ph.D. (in philosophy) from Ohio State University. My areas of research and teaching include war and terrorism, democratic theory, political and social philosophy, and feminist theory.
Spring 2011 Office Hours: By appointment
SPRING 2011 COURSES
Reflections on Just War: Essays on War and Terrorism. This is a book of thematically related both published and unpublished essays on war and terrorism.
Fragile Politics: Violence and the Margins of Democracy. This is a planned book whose chapters explore the relations between democratic politics and violence. Its basic premise is inspired by Hannah Arendt’s claim, itself inspired by the ancient Greeks and Romans, that democratic politics are impossible without the marginalization of violence. I believe that the claim needs to be rethought again given post Cold War geopolitical changes, and the changes that war has been undergoing.
HONORS AND AWARDS
SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching
Binghamton University Graduate School’s Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring
Hypatia 23 (3), special issue on “Just War”
The subject of Violence, Rowman and Littlefield
Jewish Locations, Rowman and Littlefield, with Lisa Tessman
Daring to Be Good, Routledge, with Ann Ferguson
Hypatia 11 (4), special issue on “Women and Violence”
Modern Engendering, SUNY Press
Engendering Origins, SUNY Press
“War/Terror/Politics.” In “War Against Terror”. Ed. Chris Miller. Manchester, En: Manchester University Press.
“Thinking Between Democracy and Violence.” In Dancing With Iris: The Philosophy of Iris Marion Young. Ed. Ann Ferguson and Mechthild Nagel. New York: Oxford University Press.
“Military Interventions in 2 Registers.” Southern Journal of Philosophy. 66.
“Terrorism: Some Current Issues.” In The Humanities at Work: An International Exchange of Ideas in Aesthetics, Philosophy, and Literature. Ed. Yubraj Aryal. Kathmandu, Nepal: Sunlight Publications.
“The Opposition of Politics and War.” Hypatia 23 (2).
“From Hegelian Terror to Everyday Courage.” In Global Feminist Ethics. Ed. Rebecca Whisnant and Peggy DesAutels. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
“Entrevista com Bat- Ami Bar On: Arendt e a reflexão sobre a violência política.” Interview with Márcia Junges. In IUH On Line.
“Just (Decent? Mere?) War.” In Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Ed. Barbara S. Andrew, Jean Clare Keller , and Lisa H. Schwartzman. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
“Politics and the Prioritization of Evil.” Hypatia: A Journal Of Feminist Philosophy 19(4).
“Manly After Effects of 11 September, 2001: Reading William J. Bennett’s Why We Fight.” International Journal of Women in Politics.
“Terrorism, Evil, and Everyday Depravity.” Hypatia: A Journal Of Feminist Philosophy 18(1). Revised for Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil. Ed. Robin May Schott. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University. 2007.
“Teaching (About) Genocide.” In The Feminist Classroom For the Twenty-First Century: Pedagogies of Power and Difference. Ed. Susan Sanchez Casal and Amie Macdonald. New York: Simon and Schuster.
“Ruin, Repair and Responsibility.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 10(2).
“An Arendtean Scaffolding for Thinking About Terrorism.” ORD&BILD nr 2-3. Also at www.eurozine.com.
“Terrorism and Politics.” The Philosophers’ Magazine 17.
“Violent Bodies.” In Feminists Doing Ethics. Ed. Peggy DesAuteles and Joanne Waugh. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
“The ‘Scottsboro Case’: On Responsibility, Rape, Race, Gender, and Class.” in “A Most Detestable Crime”: New Philosophical Essays on Rape. Ed. Keith Burgess-Jackson. Oxford: Oxford University.
“Everyday Violence and Ethico-Political Crisis.” In Daring to be Good: Essays in Feminist Ethico-Politics. Ed. Bat-Ami Bar On and Ann Ferguson. New York: Routledge.
“Arendt on the Technologies of Genocide.” In Krieg/War: Eine philosophische Auseinandersetzung aus feministischer Sicht. Ed. Weiner Philosophinnen Club. Munechen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
“Sexuality, the Family, and Nationalism.” In Feminism and Families. Ed. Hilde Nelson. New York: Routledge.
“Autonomy and Violence.” The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 62(3).
“Meditations on National Identity.” Hypatia: A Journal Of Feminist Philosophy 9(2). Revised for Bringing Peace Home: Feminism, Violence, and Nature. Ed. Karen J. Warren and Duane L. Cady. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University. 1996.
“Why Terrorism is Morally Problematic.” In Feminist Ethics. Ed. Claudia Card. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas. Reprinted in Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader. Ed. Gary E. Kessler. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 2007.
“Platoon and the Failure of War.” In Sexual Politics and Popular Culture. Ed. Diane Raymond. Bowling Green: Bowling Green University.
“Violence Against Women: Philosophical Literature Overview.” Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy .
“Holocaust and Resistance.” In Inquiries into Values: The Inaugural Session of the International Society for Value Inquiry. Ed. Sander H. Lee. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen.
“A Social Change Approach to the Prevention of Sexual Violence Toward Women.” The Stone Center of Wellesley College’s Works in Progress Series. (With Caroline H. Sparks)
“Feminism and Sadomasochism: Self Critical Notes.” In Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis. Ed. Robin Ruth Linden et al. Palo Alto, CA: Frog in the Well.
“Pornography Funding, Feminist Work.” Aegis.
An Autobiographical Essay
“An Apprentice’s Anecdotal Field Notes.” In Philosophy and Biography: At the Intersections. Ed. George Yancy. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
“Normativity, Feminism, Politics.” In Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal. Ed. Lisa Tessman. New York: Springer.
“Commodious Diets or Could a Marxist Do Atkins.” In The Atkins Diet and Philosophy. Ed. Lisa Hedke, Kerri Mommer and Cindy Pineo. Chicago: Open Court.
“On the State of Being (Jewish) Between ‘Orient’ and ‘Occident’.” In Jewish Locations: Traversing Racialized Landscapes. Ed. Lisa Tessman and Bat-Ami Bar On. Lanham,MD: Rowman and Littlefiled. (With Edith Haddad Shaked)
“The Other Colors of Whiteness: A Travelogue.” With Lisa Tessman In Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections. Ed. Chris Cuomo and Kim Hall. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. Reproduced in Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Readings on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism. Ed. Lisa Heldke and Peg O’Connor. Colombus, OH: McGraw-Hill. 2003.
“Women in Dark Times: Rahel Varnhagen, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt and Me.” In Hannah Arendt: Twenty Years Later. Ed. Larry May and Jerome Kohn. Cambridge, MA: MIT.
“Arendt and (Auto)Biographical Thinking.” Feminism and Philosophy Newsletter 95(1).
“Reading Bartky: Identity, Identification, and Critical Self-Reflection.” Hypatia: A Journal Of Feminist Philosophy 8(1).
“Marginality and Epistemic Privilege.” in Feminist Epistemologies. Ed. Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter. New York: Routledge.
“The ‘Feminist Sexuality Debates’ and the Transformation of the Political.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 7(2). Revised for Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy. Ed. Claudia Card. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1995. Also in Danish (translated by Lisbeth Jorgensen) in Filosofi 2, 1996.
“Balancing Feminism and the Philosophical Canon.” Feminism and Philosophy Newsletter (April).
“Could There Be a Humean Sex-Neutral Idea of Man?” Philosophy Research Archives 13.
“Notes on Feminist Economics.” Quest: A Feminist Quarterly 2(4).
“Designs for Income Sharing.” Quest: A Feminist Quarterly 2(2). (With Caroline H. Sparks and Cher Paul)
Publications of the "Community Action Strategies to Stop Rape Project" of Women Against Rape, Columbus, OH
Proceedings of the National Conference on Rape Prevention Theory, Strategies and Research: November 17-19, 1978.
“Retrospective Evaluation and Suggestions for Future Directions.” In Proceedings of the National Conference on Rape Prevention Theory, Strategies and Research: November 17-19, 1978.
Rape Prevention Workshops: A Leaders Guide.
“Research Note on Community Action Strategies to Stop Rape: A Rape Prevention Program in an Urban Area.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 5(3) Supplement.
Freeing Our Lives: A Feminist Analysis of Rape Prevention.
Fighting Back: A Self-Defense Handbook.