Alice C. MacLachlan

Department of Philosophy

Assistant Professor

Office: Ross Building, S418
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 77587
Emailamacla@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.alicemaclachlan.com

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current research topics focus on issues in transitional and historical justice - in particular, the role of political apologies. I have previously published on related themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality.

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I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at York University (Toronto, Canada) and a member of the York Graduate Faculty. I work in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current research topics focus on issues in transitional and historical justice - in particular, the role of political apologies. I have previously published on related themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality. My recent publications include "Gender and the Public Apology" (Transitional Justice Review 2013) "Closet Doors and Stage Lights: On the Goods of Out" (Social Theory and Practice 2012), "The Philosophical Controversy over Political Forgiveness" (Public Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Contexts, Intersentia 2012) and "The State of Sorry: Official Apologies and their Absence" (Journal of Human Rights 2010). I co-edited a volume of essays on moral issues in the wake of violent conflict, Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict (Springer 2013) and I am currently completing in a SSHRC-funded project titled "Sorry Stories: Theorizing Apologies in Personal and Political Contexts".

Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston University
M.A., Philosophy, Queen’s University

Professional Leadership

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, 2011-12.
Area Coordinator: Social/Political Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2012.
Chair of International Committee, Feminist Ethics & Social Theory (FEAST) Steering Committee 2011-3
Vice-President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, 2010-11.
Founder and Moderator, Online Feminist Philosophy Draft Exchange, 2007 ongoing.
Referee: Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia, Journal of Global Ethics, Social Philosophy Today, Routledge, Polity Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Oxford University Press (Canada), Canadian Philosophical Association, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Philosophical Association
Canadian Philosophical Association
Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy
Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division
Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love

Community Contributions

Panelist, “On Gratitude” TV Ontario “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” October 10, 2011.
Panelist, “Violence, Morality, Narrative and Queerness in Sarah Kane’s Blasted” Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, October 3, 2010.
Community Lecture, “Gender, Revenge and David Slade’s ‘Hard Candy’”TALKIES, a film and idea series hosted by Basement Arts (www.basementarts.com) Toronto, November 2009.
Guest Interview, “Government Inquiries and Apologies”, Take Five on CIUT FM, June 2010.
Guest Interview, “Kids Learn the Classics of Philosophy,” Go on CBC Radio One, February 2008.

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics , Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Selected Publications

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).

Selected Publications

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).

All Publications

Book Chapters

“Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness,” Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal. Ed. L. Tessman. Springer, 2009. pp.185-204.

“Moral Powers and Forgivable Evils,” Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness: Essays in Honour of Claudia Card. Ed. Kathryn Norlock & Andrea Veltman. Lexington, 2009. pp.135-158.

“Aliases, Alienation and Agency: The Physical Integrity of Sydney Bristow,” with D.P. Finding, Secrets and Spies: Investigating Alias, eds. Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown. Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. pp.73-86.

Journal Articles

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

“Resentment and Moral Judgment in Smith and Butler,” Adam Smith Review 5 pp.161-177.

“The State of ‘Sorry’: Official Apologies and their Absence.” Journal of Human Rights 9:3 pp.373-385.

“Getting it: on Jokes and Art,” with Steven Burns, AE: Journal of the Canadian Society of Aesthetics, vol. 10, Fall 2004.

Conference Proceedings

“Forgiveness and Moral Solidarity,” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008. pp. 3-16.

“An Ethic of Plurality: Reconciling Politics and Morality in Hannah Arendt,” History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Fellows Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

“History and Judgment: Editors’ Introduction,” with I. Torsen, History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM JVF Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

Conference Papers

“What’s Next? Responding to Apologies and Gestures of Forgiveness.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Guelph Canada, October 2009.

“Unreasonable Resentments.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2009.

“The Good of Out.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Urbana-Champaign USA, April 2009.

“Injustice, Entitlement and Smithian Resentment.” The Philosophy of Adam Smith: Conference to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Oxford UK, January 2009.

“The Character of the Closet: Revisiting the Ethics of ‘Out’.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Windsor Canada, October 2008.

“Third Party Forgiveness and Political Solidarity.” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries (First Global Conference), Salzburg, Austria, March 2008. Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2007.

“Risk and Reconciliation: Hannah Arendt and Public Apologies.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Peterborough Canada, October 2006.

“Forgiveness, Gender and Self-Respect.” Society for Women in Philosophy U.K, London UK, April 2006.

“Forgiveness and the Diversity of Women’s Experience.” Society for Women and Philosophy, Tallahassee Florida, April 2005.

“Forgiveness and Paradox.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Halifax Canada, May 2003.

Book Reviews

Book Review, “Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 6, 2010.

“The Object of Repair: Commentary on Margaret Urban Walker’s ‘Restorative Justice and Reparations,’” Symposia on Race, Gender and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007.

Forthcoming

"The Philosophical Controversy Over Political Forgiveness."

Author Meets Critics: “Seeing Sympathy: Remarks on Nir Eisikovitz’s Sympathizing with the Enemy,”

"Government Apologies to Indigenous Peoples."

"Forgiveness and Mercy" (Encyclopedia Entry)

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2017 AP/PHIL3510 3.0  Feminist Approaches to Ethics and Politics LECT  


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current research topics focus on issues in transitional and historical justice - in particular, the role of political apologies. I have previously published on related themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality.


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at York University (Toronto, Canada) and a member of the York Graduate Faculty. I work in ethical theory, feminist philosophy, and in social and political philosophy; my current research topics focus on issues in transitional and historical justice - in particular, the role of political apologies. I have previously published on related themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and political emotion, and I have also written about the politics of sexuality. My recent publications include "Gender and the Public Apology" (Transitional Justice Review 2013) "Closet Doors and Stage Lights: On the Goods of Out" (Social Theory and Practice 2012), "The Philosophical Controversy over Political Forgiveness" (Public Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Contexts, Intersentia 2012) and "The State of Sorry: Official Apologies and their Absence" (Journal of Human Rights 2010). I co-edited a volume of essays on moral issues in the wake of violent conflict, Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict (Springer 2013) and I am currently completing in a SSHRC-funded project titled "Sorry Stories: Theorizing Apologies in Personal and Political Contexts".

Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston University
M.A., Philosophy, Queen’s University

Professional Leadership

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, 2011-12.
Area Coordinator: Social/Political Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Association, 2012.
Chair of International Committee, Feminist Ethics & Social Theory (FEAST) Steering Committee 2011-3
Vice-President, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, 2010-11.
Founder and Moderator, Online Feminist Philosophy Draft Exchange, 2007 ongoing.
Referee: Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia, Journal of Global Ethics, Social Philosophy Today, Routledge, Polity Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Oxford University Press (Canada), Canadian Philosophical Association, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Philosophical Association
Canadian Philosophical Association
Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy
Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division
Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love

Community Contributions

Panelist, “On Gratitude” TV Ontario “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” October 10, 2011.
Panelist, “Violence, Morality, Narrative and Queerness in Sarah Kane’s Blasted” Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, October 3, 2010.
Community Lecture, “Gender, Revenge and David Slade’s ‘Hard Candy’”TALKIES, a film and idea series hosted by Basement Arts (www.basementarts.com) Toronto, November 2009.
Guest Interview, “Government Inquiries and Apologies”, Take Five on CIUT FM, June 2010.
Guest Interview, “Kids Learn the Classics of Philosophy,” Go on CBC Radio One, February 2008.

Research Interests:

Philosophy , Ethics , Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

All Publications

Book Chapters

“Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness,” Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal. Ed. L. Tessman. Springer, 2009. pp.185-204.

“Moral Powers and Forgivable Evils,” Evil, Political Violence and Forgiveness: Essays in Honour of Claudia Card. Ed. Kathryn Norlock & Andrea Veltman. Lexington, 2009. pp.135-158.

“Aliases, Alienation and Agency: The Physical Integrity of Sydney Bristow,” with D.P. Finding, Secrets and Spies: Investigating Alias, eds. Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown. Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. pp.73-86.

Journal Articles

“Closet Doors and Stage-Lights: On the Goods of Out” Social Theory and Practice 38:2 (April 2012) 302-32.

“Resentment and Moral Judgment in Smith and Butler,” Adam Smith Review 5 pp.161-177.

“The State of ‘Sorry’: Official Apologies and their Absence.” Journal of Human Rights 9:3 pp.373-385.

“Getting it: on Jokes and Art,” with Steven Burns, AE: Journal of the Canadian Society of Aesthetics, vol. 10, Fall 2004.

Conference Proceedings

“Forgiveness and Moral Solidarity,” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008. pp. 3-16.

“An Ethic of Plurality: Reconciling Politics and Morality in Hannah Arendt,” History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Fellows Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

“History and Judgment: Editors’ Introduction,” with I. Torsen, History and Judgment. Vienna: IWM JVF Conference Vol. XXI, 2006.

Conference Papers

“What’s Next? Responding to Apologies and Gestures of Forgiveness.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Guelph Canada, October 2009.

“Unreasonable Resentments.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2009.

“The Good of Out.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Urbana-Champaign USA, April 2009.

“Injustice, Entitlement and Smithian Resentment.” The Philosophy of Adam Smith: Conference to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Oxford UK, January 2009.

“The Character of the Closet: Revisiting the Ethics of ‘Out’.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Windsor Canada, October 2008.

“Third Party Forgiveness and Political Solidarity.” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries (First Global Conference), Salzburg, Austria, March 2008. Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach USA, September 2007.

“Risk and Reconciliation: Hannah Arendt and Public Apologies.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Peterborough Canada, October 2006.

“Forgiveness, Gender and Self-Respect.” Society for Women in Philosophy U.K, London UK, April 2006.

“Forgiveness and the Diversity of Women’s Experience.” Society for Women and Philosophy, Tallahassee Florida, April 2005.

“Forgiveness and Paradox.” Canadian Philosophical Association, Halifax Canada, May 2003.

Book Reviews

Book Review, “Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 6, 2010.

“The Object of Repair: Commentary on Margaret Urban Walker’s ‘Restorative Justice and Reparations,’” Symposia on Race, Gender and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007.

Forthcoming

"The Philosophical Controversy Over Political Forgiveness."

Author Meets Critics: “Seeing Sympathy: Remarks on Nir Eisikovitz’s Sympathizing with the Enemy,”

"Government Apologies to Indigenous Peoples."

"Forgiveness and Mercy" (Encyclopedia Entry)

“Unreasonable Resentments” Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming, 2010).


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2017 AP/PHIL3510 3.0  Feminist Approaches to Ethics and Politics LECT