Professor Moira Gatens

BA (Hons) UNSW PhD Sydney, FASSA, FAHA
Challis Professor of Philosophy
Chair of Department

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

After completing her PhD, Moira Gatens taught at Monash University (1987) and the Australian National University (1987-1992) before returning to Sydney in 1992. She is a fellow of the Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2007-08 she was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. In 2010 she held the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam. In 2011 she was President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. In 2012 she was appointed the Challis Professor of Philosophy.

Research interests

Moira Gatens has research interests in the following broad areas: social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, early modern philosophy, and philosophy and literature. Much of her most recent research focuses on Spinoza and George Eliot.

Teaching and supervision

  • Early modern philosophy (especially Spinoza)
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Literature

Selected grants

2012

  • Global Sensibilities – The New History of Ideas; Blanshard A, Caine B, Celermajer D, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gatens M, Harmon C, Johnson M, Milam J, Sluga G, White S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Gender and Modernity Research Group; Morris M, Allon F, Cooper M, Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Jayamanne L, Lusty N, Roberts M, Waldby C; University of Sydney/FARCS Grant.

2010

  • The Gender and Modernity Research Group; Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Lusty N, Park J, Roberts M, Waldby C, Jayamanne L, Cooper M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2006

  • George Eliot: Literature as Experimental Philosophy; Gatens M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • George Eliot: Literature as Experimental Philosophy; Gatens M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Professorial Fellowship.

2004

  • Double reading: Benedictus Spinoza and George Eliot; Gatens M; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2002

  • A natural history of rights and norms: towards a dynamic understanding of the transformations of social and political identities; Gatens M, Ivison D, Patton P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Addressing gender injustice: Are human rights womens rights?; Gatens M; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gatens, M. (2011). Spinoza's Hard Path to Freedom. Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.
  • Gatens, M., Lloyd, G. (1999). Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present. London: Routledge.
  • Gatens, M. (1996). Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality. London: Routledge.

Edited Books

  • Gatens, M. (2009). Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza. United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Gatens, M. (2013). Philosophy. In Margaret Harris (Eds.), George Eliot in Context, (pp. 214-221). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gatens, M., Irving, M. (2012). Moira Gatens. In G Oppy & N Trakakis (Eds.), The Antipodean Philosopher: Volume 2: Interviews with Australian and New Zealand Philosophers, (pp. 53-68). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.
  • Gatens, M. (2011). George Eliot's Artful Bridge. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Spinozas Hard Path to Freedom, (pp. 29-53). Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.
  • Gatens, M. (2011). The Free Man and the Multitude. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Spinozas Hard Path to Freedom, (pp. 9-27). Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). Introduction: Through Spinoza's "Looking Glass". In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza, (pp. 1-28). United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Politics of Imagination. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza, (pp. 189-209). United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Conflicting Imaginaries in Australian Multiculturalism: Women's Rights, Group Rights and Aboriginal Customary Law. In Geoffrey Brahm Levey (Eds.), Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism, (pp. 151-170). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Paradoxes of Liberal Politics: Contracts, Rights and Consent. In Daniel I ONeill, Mary Lyndon Shanley and Iris Marion Young (Eds.), Illusion of Consent: Engaging with Carole Pateman, (pp. 31-48). Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2006). Politicizing the Body: Property, Contract, and Rights. In John S. Dryzek; Bonnie Honig; Anne Phillips (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, (pp. 677-693). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2004). Privacy And The Body: The Publicity Of Affect. In Beate Rössler (Eds.), Privacies: Philosophical Evaluations, (pp. 113-132). Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Beauvoir and biology: a second look. In Card, Claudia (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, (pp. 266-285). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Epilogue to Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality. In Amelia Jones (Eds.), The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, (pp. 466-470). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gatens, M. (2002). Post-Colonialism and History: Are We Responsible for the Past? In James E Swearingen and Joanne Cutting-Gray (Eds.), Extreme Beauty Aesthetics, Politics, Death, (pp. 142-151). London & New York: Continuum.
  • Gatens, M. (2002). The Politics of "Presence" and "Difference": Working Through Spinoza and Eliot. In Susan James and Stephanie Palmer (Eds.), Visible Women Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy, (pp. 159-174). Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.
  • Gatens, M. (2001). Violence and Benevolence: Can one 'Design' for a Humane Society? In Janet McCalman (Eds.), Humane Societies, (pp. 59-73). Australia: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Gatens, M. (2014). Let's talk story: Gender and the narrative self. Critical Horizons, 15(1), 40-51. [More Information]
  • Gatens, M. (2013). Cloud-Borne Angels, Prophets and the Old Woman's Flower-Pot: Reading George Eliot's Realism alongside Spinoza's 'beings of the imagination'. Australian Literary Studies, 28(3), 1-14.
  • Gatens, M. (2012). Compelling fictions: Spinoza and George Eliot on imagination and belief. European Journal of Philosophy, 20(1), 74-90. [More Information]
  • Gatens, M. (2009). Spinoza's Disturbing Thesis: Power, Norms and Fiction in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. History of Political Thought, 30(3), 455-468.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Art and Philosophy of George Eliot. Philosophy and Literature, 33(1), 73-90.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Curious Empiricism of George Eliot's Literary Experiments. Philosophy Today, 2009 (SPEP Supplement), 19-27.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Marian Evans, George Henry Lewes and "George Eliot". Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 13(2), 33-44.
  • Gatens, M. (2007). George Eliot's "Incarnation of the Divine in Romola and Benedict Spinoza's "Blessedness": A Double Reading. George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 52-53(September 2007), 76-92.
  • Gatens, M. (2007). Space invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place. Feminist Review, 87(1), 162-163.
  • Gatens, M. (2007). The 'Disciplined Imagination': Literature as 'Experimental' Philosophy. Australian Feminist Studies, 22(52), 25-34.
  • Gatens, M. (2004). Can Human Rights Accommodate Women'S Rights? Towards An Embodied Account Of Social Norms, Social Meaning , And Cultural Change. Contemporary Political Theory, 3(3), 275-299.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Freedom and determinism in Middlemarch, or Dorothea, the lunatic. Sydney Studies in English, 29, 35-45.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation. Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, 18(3), 237-239.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Imagination, power and freedom. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 25, 9-25.
  • Braithwaite, V., Gatens, M., Mitchell, D. (2002). If Mutual Obligation is the Answer, What is the Question? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 37(3), 225-245.

Edited Journals

  • Gatens, M. (2008). Special Issue Introduction: Re-coupling Gender and Genre. Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 13(2), 1-3.

Other

  • Douglas, S., Gatens, M. (2011), Revisiting the Continental Shelf: Moira Gatens on Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Eliot, Feuerbach, and Spinoza.
  • Walsh, M., Gatens, M. (2004), Twenty years since 'A Critique of the sex/gender Distinction': A conversation with Moira Gatens.

2014

  • Gatens, M. (2014). Let's talk story: Gender and the narrative self. Critical Horizons, 15(1), 40-51. [More Information]

2013

  • Gatens, M. (2013). Cloud-Borne Angels, Prophets and the Old Woman's Flower-Pot: Reading George Eliot's Realism alongside Spinoza's 'beings of the imagination'. Australian Literary Studies, 28(3), 1-14.
  • Gatens, M. (2013). Philosophy. In Margaret Harris (Eds.), George Eliot in Context, (pp. 214-221). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

2012

  • Gatens, M. (2012). Compelling fictions: Spinoza and George Eliot on imagination and belief. European Journal of Philosophy, 20(1), 74-90. [More Information]
  • Gatens, M., Irving, M. (2012). Moira Gatens. In G Oppy & N Trakakis (Eds.), The Antipodean Philosopher: Volume 2: Interviews with Australian and New Zealand Philosophers, (pp. 53-68). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

2011

  • Gatens, M. (2011). George Eliot's Artful Bridge. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Spinozas Hard Path to Freedom, (pp. 29-53). Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.
  • Douglas, S., Gatens, M. (2011), Revisiting the Continental Shelf: Moira Gatens on Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Eliot, Feuerbach, and Spinoza.
  • Gatens, M. (2011). Spinoza's Hard Path to Freedom. Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.
  • Gatens, M. (2011). The Free Man and the Multitude. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Spinozas Hard Path to Freedom, (pp. 9-27). Assen, Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum.

2009

  • Gatens, M. (2009). Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza. United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). Introduction: Through Spinoza's "Looking Glass". In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza, (pp. 1-28). United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). Spinoza's Disturbing Thesis: Power, Norms and Fiction in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. History of Political Thought, 30(3), 455-468.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Art and Philosophy of George Eliot. Philosophy and Literature, 33(1), 73-90.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Curious Empiricism of George Eliot's Literary Experiments. Philosophy Today, 2009 (SPEP Supplement), 19-27.
  • Gatens, M. (2009). The Politics of Imagination. In Moira Gatens (Eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza, (pp. 189-209). United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.

2008

  • Gatens, M. (2008). Conflicting Imaginaries in Australian Multiculturalism: Women's Rights, Group Rights and Aboriginal Customary Law. In Geoffrey Brahm Levey (Eds.), Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism, (pp. 151-170). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Marian Evans, George Henry Lewes and "George Eliot". Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 13(2), 33-44.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Paradoxes of Liberal Politics: Contracts, Rights and Consent. In Daniel I ONeill, Mary Lyndon Shanley and Iris Marion Young (Eds.), Illusion of Consent: Engaging with Carole Pateman, (pp. 31-48). Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2008). Special Issue Introduction: Re-coupling Gender and Genre. Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 13(2), 1-3.

2007

  • Gatens, M. (2007). George Eliot's "Incarnation of the Divine in Romola and Benedict Spinoza's "Blessedness": A Double Reading. George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 52-53(September 2007), 76-92.
  • Gatens, M. (2007). Space invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place. Feminist Review, 87(1), 162-163.
  • Gatens, M. (2007). The 'Disciplined Imagination': Literature as 'Experimental' Philosophy. Australian Feminist Studies, 22(52), 25-34.

2006

  • Gatens, M. (2006). Politicizing the Body: Property, Contract, and Rights. In John S. Dryzek; Bonnie Honig; Anne Phillips (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, (pp. 677-693). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2004

  • Gatens, M. (2004). Can Human Rights Accommodate Women'S Rights? Towards An Embodied Account Of Social Norms, Social Meaning , And Cultural Change. Contemporary Political Theory, 3(3), 275-299.
  • Gatens, M. (2004). Privacy And The Body: The Publicity Of Affect. In Beate Rössler (Eds.), Privacies: Philosophical Evaluations, (pp. 113-132). Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Walsh, M., Gatens, M. (2004), Twenty years since 'A Critique of the sex/gender Distinction': A conversation with Moira Gatens.

2003

  • Gatens, M. (2003). Beauvoir and biology: a second look. In Card, Claudia (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, (pp. 266-285). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Epilogue to Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality. In Amelia Jones (Eds.), The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, (pp. 466-470). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Freedom and determinism in Middlemarch, or Dorothea, the lunatic. Sydney Studies in English, 29, 35-45.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation. Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, 18(3), 237-239.
  • Gatens, M. (2003). Imagination, power and freedom. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 25, 9-25.

2002

  • Braithwaite, V., Gatens, M., Mitchell, D. (2002). If Mutual Obligation is the Answer, What is the Question? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 37(3), 225-245.
  • Gatens, M. (2002). Post-Colonialism and History: Are We Responsible for the Past? In James E Swearingen and Joanne Cutting-Gray (Eds.), Extreme Beauty Aesthetics, Politics, Death, (pp. 142-151). London & New York: Continuum.
  • Gatens, M. (2002). The Politics of "Presence" and "Difference": Working Through Spinoza and Eliot. In Susan James and Stephanie Palmer (Eds.), Visible Women Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy, (pp. 159-174). Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.

2001

  • Gatens, M. (2001). Violence and Benevolence: Can one 'Design' for a Humane Society? In Janet McCalman (Eds.), Humane Societies, (pp. 59-73). Australia: Sage Publications.

1999

  • Gatens, M., Lloyd, G. (1999). Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present. London: Routledge.

1996

  • Gatens, M. (1996). Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality. London: Routledge.

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