About

Alison Assiter is Professor of Feminist Theory at UWE, Bristol. She is a feminist political philosopher who has also published on Kierkegaard and Kant.

She has written a number of books, including:

1989, Pornography, Feminism and the Individual, Pluto Press, London; 
1990, Althusser and Feminism, Pluto Press, London;
1996, Enlightened Women, Modernist Feminism in a Post-modern Age, Routledge, London;
2003, Revisiting Universalism, Palgrave, Macmillan;, 
2009,Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory: Unfinished Selves, Continuum Books, London
2015, Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth, Rowman and Littlefield. 

She has also written journal articles and blogs for E-International Relations and she is on the editorial board of Feminist Dissent.

 

Book Series
Assiter edits, with Evert van der Zweerde, a book series, Reframing the Boundaries: Thinking the Political that aims to mine the rich resources of philosophers in the ‘continental’ tradition for their contributions to thinking the political.

 

Assiter’s publications
Edited Books and Books Authored with Others
Assiter, A. and Shaw, E. (eds.), 1993, Using Records of Achievement, Kogan Page, London;
Assiter, A, (ed.) , 1995, Using Transferable Skills in HE, Kogan Page, London.
Assiter, A. and Carol, A. (eds.) , 1993, Bad Girls, Dirty Pictures, (an anthology on women and pornography) Pluto Press, London.
Assiter, A , with Wilson, E, MacIntosh, M. and Rogerson, G. (eds.), 1992, Pornography & Feminism, Lawrence & Wishart, London;
Alison Assiter, Caroline Britton and Carolyn Brina (eds.) 2000,  Millenial Visions, Cardiff, Cardiff Academic Press,.
Alison Assiter and Margherita Tonon,  2012,  Kierkegaard and the Political, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press.

 

Articles in refereed Journals
Assiter, A, 1979, Philosophical Materialism or the Materialist Conception of History, Radical Philosophy, No 23;
Assiter, A, 1979, The Theory of Poverty or Good Old Working Class History, Literature and History, Autumn Issue;
Assiter, A, 1984, Did Man Make Language? Radical Philosophy, No. 34;
Assiter, A, 1984, Althusser and Structuralism, The British Journal of Sociology, Vol.xxxv, No.2, June;
Assiter, A, 1984, Lehrer, Gettier and the Sheep, The Philosopher, Spring issue;
Assiter, A, 1984, Note on Seeking Ecstasy on the Battlefield, Feminist Review, No. 16, Summer Issue;
Assiter, A, 1990, Reasoned Passions, Argument, Autumn Issue;
Assiter, A, 1993, Skills and Epistemologies, Reflections on Higher Education, also in Transferable Skills, University of East Anglia Press, 1994
Assiter, A. 2000, Feminist Epistemology and Value, Feminist Theory, No.3. Nov. issue.
Assiter,A.(2005) Informed Consent: Is it Sacrosanct? Research Ethics Review, Nov. issue.
Assiter, A (2006) Beyond Identity Politics, Journal of Gender Studies.
Assiter,A. and Gibbs, G. (2006) Motivation and Retention, Journal of European Politics, Nov. issue.
Assiter,A. and Noonan, J.(2007) Human Needs: A Realist Perspective, Journal  of Critical Realism.
Assiter, A. (2009) The Cartesian Limits of John Rawls: a Reading using Confucius and Kierkegaard, International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 7 Issue 6.
Assiter A. (2011) Kierkegaard, Battersby and Feminism, in Women: a Cultural Review, Special Issue on the work of Christine Battersby, edited by Margrit Shildrick and Gillian Howie. 
Assiter, A (2011) Response to Morgan, Journal of Critical Realism, Vol 10, No 3.
Assiter, A. ( 2013)  Kierkegaard and the Ground of Morality; Acta Kierkegaardiana, Vol.6. 
Assiter, A. ( 2013)  Kant and Kierkegaard on Freedom and Evil; Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, No.72.
Assiter (2013) Love, Socrates and Pedagogy, Educational Theory. Volume 63, Issue 3, pages 253–263, June 2013
Assiter, A (2013) Speculative and Critical Realism, Journal of Critical Realism, Vol.12, Issue 3., 283-300.
Assiter, Alison, (2015) ‘Response to McWherter’, Journal of Critical Realism, 14/5.
Assiter Alison, (2016)  Universalising Politics, Feminist Dissent.

 

Articles in Books
Assiter, A, 1983, Women and Peace, in Over Our Dead Bodies, Women Against The Bomb, eds Thompson, D, Virago, London;
Assiter, A, 1985, Did Man Make Language? In Radical Philosophy Reader, NLB, London; also in Proper English: Language and Social Identity, ed. Edgley, R and Osborne, R, Routledge, 1990
Assiter, A, 1984, Philosophical Materialism or the Materialist Conception of History in Modernism, Explanation and Knowledge, eds Harrison, C. and Norton, F, Harper and Row, London;
Assiter, A, 1988, Romance Fiction: Pornography for Women, in Perspectives on Pornography, Sexuality in Film and Literature, eds Day, G. and Bloom, C, Macmillan, London;
Assiter, A, 1989, Autonomy and Pornography, in Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy, eds. M. Griffiths and M. Whitford, Macmillan, London; (this book won a prize for best academic book of the year in the USA.)
Assiter, A, 1990, Romantic Fiction Surveyed, in Handbook of Popular Culture, Greenwood Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1990, Pornography entry in Psychoanalysis and Feminism, A Critical Dictionary, ed Wright, E, Blackwells, Oxford;
Assiter, A, 1993, Profiling in HE, in The New Agenda for F&HE in Wales, University of Glamorgan Press, Glamorgan;
Assiter, A, 1993, Essentially Sex: A New Look (a critique of constructivist readings of sexuality), in Bad Girls, Dirty Pictures, eds Assiter, A. and Carol, Pluto Press, London;
Assiter, A, 1995, Transferable Skills: A Response to the Sceptics, in ed A. Assiter op.cit.
Assiter, A, 1997 and 1998, Entries on Pornography for Annotated Bibliography for English Studies, Swets and Zeitlinger,
Assiter, A, 1998, Communitarianism and Obedience, in Nationalism and Racism in the Liberal Order, ed Brecher, B. et. al. Avebury, Ashgate;
Assiter,A , 1999,.Entry on Margaret Whitford for Encyclopaedia of Feminist Theory, ed Code, L, Routledge, London;
Assiter, A, 1999,Citizenship Revisited, in Women, Citizenship and Difference, eds Yuval-Davis, N and Werbner, P, Zed Books, London;
Assiter, A, 1999, Bodies and Dualism, in Social Policy and the Body, eds Ellis, K. and Dean, H, Macmillan,London;
Assiter, A. 2000, Why Pluralism? in Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, ed Calder, C, Aldershot, Avebury;
Assiter, A. 2001,Common Human Nature; an empty concept? in Feminist Perspectives on Law and Theory, ed. Richardson, J. and Sandland, R, Cavendish Publishing Limited, London;
Assiter, A 2001, Descartes and Individualism, in After Postmodernism: an Introduction to Critical Realism, eds Potter, G. and Lopez, J, Athlone Press, London.
Assiter, A. 2004, The Objectivity of Value, in Defending Objectivity, eds Archer, A. and Outhwaite, W, Routledge, London.
Assiter, A. 2005, Moral Uncertainty, Feminism and Descartes’ Demon, in Trust. Risk and Uncertainty, edsWatson, S. and Moran, A, Palgrave, Basingstoke.
Assiter, A. (2012) Love for Strangers: using Kierkegaard to respond to Zizek, in China and the Humanities, ed. Kang Tchou, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. 
Assiter, A (2013) Spinoza and Kierkegaard on the Vulnerable Subject, in edited collection on Vulnerability; eds. Anna Grear and Martha Fineman, avebury, Ashgate,
Alison Assiter, Universalising Politics and Process Naturalism, in Michael Thompson (ed.) The Betrayal of Politics: Radical Intellectuals and the Subversion of Progressive Politics, Macmillan, 2015
Assiter, A ( 2015) Irigaray, Kant and Kierkegaard, in edited collection on Women and Violence, ed. Herjeet Marway,  London, Macmillan. 
Assiter, Alison, (2017) Kant, the Noumenal, Freedom and Powers, for edited collection Continental Realism and its Discontents, ed. Marie-Eve Morin, Edinburgh University Press.
Assiter, A. (2017) The Concept of Anxiety and Kant, forthcoming in edited collection, Evil, Fallen-ness and Finitude, eds. Keith Putt and Bruce Benson, Macmillan.
Assiter Alison, (2018) Kierkegaard and Marx, in The Kierkegaardian Mind, ed. Patrick Stokes, Routledge. (This will form a new handbook on Kierkegaard).