Elizabeth Anderson

Department of Philosophy
University of Michigan
2239 Angell Hall
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Telephone: (734) 764-6285
Fax: (734) 763-8071
Email: eandersn@umich.edu

I am Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies, and Max Shaye Professor of Public Philosophy. I teach courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, political economy, philosophy of the social sciences, and feminist theory. My research focuses on democratic theory, equality in political philosophy and American law, racial integration, the ethical limits of markets, the philosophy of work, theories of value and rational choice (alternatives to consequentialism and economic theories of rational choice), pragmatism, social epistemology, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science.  I am currently working on the history of egalitarianism and challenges to creating a society of equals.  I designed and was the first Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Read a profile of me in The New Yorker by Nathan Heller

I discuss my work on NPR's On Point with Meghna Chakrabarti


Hijacked: How Neoliberalism Turned the Work Ethic Against Workers and How Workers Can Take It Back

Elizabeth Anderson
Hijacked: How Neoliberalism Turned the Work Ethic Against Workers and How Workers Can Take It Back
Look Inside
Cambridge University Press

Related Podcasts, Lectures, and Publications:

The Gray Area Podcast with Sean Illing

Pitchfork Economics Podcast Episode  with Nick Hanauer

New Books Network Podcast with Tom Discenna

Why Shareholder Capitalism Limits Our Economy -- Detroit Today wth Stephen Henderson, WDET 101.9fm

The Work Ethic: Its Origins, Legacy, and Future (King's College)

"The Struggle for Meaningful Work," Dissent Fall 2023

Private Government:
How Employers Rule Our Lives

(and Why We Don’t Talk about It)

Elizabeth Anderson
Private Government
Princeton University Press

Harvard Law Review
The Nation
The New Yorker
The New Republic
Times Higher Education
NP Journal
History News Network

Related Essays/Podcasts/Radio:

"How bosses are (literally) like dictators" in Vox
"Where Despots Rule," interview in Jacobin
Philosophy Bakes Bread
Podcast with Eric Weber
Bookmarks discussion with Michael Munger on Publicsqure.net
Wisconsin Public Radio Interview
KPFA Against the Grain Episode 11
NPR Marketplace with David Brancaccio

The Imperative of Integration
By Elizabeth Anderson

Sample Chapter

Table of Contents

Précis of The Imperative of Integration in Poverty and Race 20.4 (2011), published by the Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Podcast interview of author by Robert Talisse
, on New Books in Philosophy

Symposium on The Imperative of Integration in Gender, Race and Philosophy: The Blog

Winner of the American Philosophical Association's 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award
, for "an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences."

For a complete listing of my publications, see my vita.
For a more detailed look at selected publications, see my abstracts.
For access to full texts of selected publications, see my Full-text links.
Even more full text papers at Academia.edu and Research Gate.
To order my first book, Value in Ethics and Economics, go here.


Winter 2024: PHIL 367: 19th c. Social & Political Philosophy
                       PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy

More of My Work Online 

Occasional Pieces

"Common Property: How Social Insurance Became Confused with Socialism" in Boston Review

"Are We Morally Obligated to Live in a Racially Integrated Society?" Why? Radio Episode 83, from IPPL

Podcast with Robert Talisse in Why We Argue, episode 2

Simon Cushing of the Center for Cognition & Neurethics interviews me on YouTube

"What's Wrong with Inequality?," interview by Gary Gutting, New York Times, The Stone

Freethoughts podcast on egalitarianism at the Cato Institute

Interviews with Richard Carrier and 3:AM Magazine; featured on PEA Soup

Recharting the Map of Political Theory at
Bleeding Heart Libertarians

"The War at Home," Democracy 21 (2011)

Elizabeth Anderson and David Schmidtz talk about equality on Philosophy TV

Left2Right archived blog entries:   all ¦ political economy only

Reference Works

Annotated Bibliography on Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action

The Geography of Race in the U.S. (with Jeff Jones)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, John Dewey's Moral Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science"

"How not to Criticize Feminist Epistemology: Review of Pinnick, Koertge, and Almeder's Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology"

This page last modified on October 16, 2023.