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Lauren Weis

Director, WGSS Department of Philosophy and Religion

I joined the American University faculty in 2008, and have been teaching courses in the history of philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, gender studies, and feminist theory. My philosophical research focuses on critiques of the Western metaphysical tradition articulated by feminist theorists, as well as how the philosophical approach of twentieth century thinker Bernard Lonergan helps to clarify the relevance of metaphysical thinking to feminist theory. In addition, I am interested in the notion of epistemic authority, and the ethical challenges related to questions of belief, trust, and judgment.


PhD, Boston College MA, University of Memphis

Favorite Spot on Campus
Walking around, admiring the beautiful campus gardens
Book Currently Reading
The Enigma of Arrival, V.S. Naipaul
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - T-12
Contact Info
(202) 885-2926 (Office)
(202) 885-1094 (Fax)

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See Also
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


  • Fall 2017

    • GNED-140 General Education Area 4 Topic: Incivility
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    • PHIL-453 Metaphysics: Feminist Approach to Metaphys
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Research Interests

History of Philosophy, Feminist Theory, Continental Philosophy, Theory of Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology