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Karen J. Warren

Karen J. Warren (born September 10, 1947) is an author, scholar, and former Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Macalester College .


Karen Warren received her BA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1970) and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1978. Before the long tenure at Macalester College, which began in 1985, Warren was Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College in the early 1980s. Warren was the Ecofeminist-Scholar-in-Residence at Murdoch University in Australia [1] . In 2003, she served as an Oxford University Round Table Scholar and as Women’s Chair in Human Studies at Marquette University in 2004. She has spoken widely on environmental issues, feminism, critical thinking skills and peace studies in many international locations including Buenos Aires, Gothenburg , Helsinki , Oslo , Manitoba , Melbourne , Moscow , Perth , UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992), and San Jose .

Public philosophy

Warren is a believer in allowing public access to the academic field of philosophy and to the subject of “street philosopher” [2] . “[I] t is all about cultural, geographical, and socioeconomic contexts,” [3] she said. Warren has taught the Berkshire County House of Correction (MA), The Wilderness Society, Eco-Education, Pheasants Forever, the Minnesota Naturalists Association and other organizations. As part of its commitment to public speaking, it has been written and published by the Science Museum of Minnesota and facilitates a Women’s Issues Book Group at Barnes & Noble Booksellers . [1]


Warren has written extensively in the fields of critical thinking , environmental ethics and ecofeminism . She has written more than 40 articles and edited or co-edited five anthologies, authored Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What It Is and Why It Matters (2000). She is the author of a groundbreaking anthology, An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). [2]The anthology explores 2600 years of Western philosophy, juxtaposing leading men and women philosophers writing on ethics, metaphysics and other topics. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Mandarin, French, Japanese and Persian. [3]


  1. Jump up^ http://www.macalester.edu/academics/philosophy/facultystaff/karenwarren/
  2. Jump up^ https://www.amazon.com/Unconventional-History-Western-Philosophy-Conversations/dp/0742559246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280924089&sr=1-1
  3. Jump up^ http://www.macalester.edu/~warren/vita/vita2.htm

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