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Wendy Donner

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:Ph.D., M.A. (Toronto)<br /> B.A. (Manitoba)

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Research Interests:

  • Mill
  • environmental ethics
  • moral and political philosophy
  • feminism

Select Publications:


Mill, in series Great Minds (with Richard Fumerton), (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2009). I am the sole author of Part I: Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy (Chapters 2-8, pages 15-143). Translated into Arabic as Mill (Afaq Books, 2011). Translated into Portuguese as John Stuart Mill de Wendy e Richard Fumerton (Editions 70, 2011).

The Liberal Self: John Stuart Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991), 229 pages.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

“Morality, Virtue and Aesthetics in Mill’s Art of Life” in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, eds. Ben Eggleston, Dale E. Miller and David Weinstein (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 146-165.

“John Stuart Mill and Virtue Ethics” in John Stuart Mill: Thought and Influence – The Saint of Rationalism, eds. Georgios Varouxakis and Paul Kelly (London: Routledge 2010) 84-98.

“Autonomy, Tradition, and the Enforcement of Morality”, in Mill’s On Liberty: A Critical Guide, ed. C.L.Ten, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009) 138-164.

“John Stuart Mill on Education and Democracy”, in J.S. Mill’s Political Thought: A Bicentennial Re-Assessment, ed. Nadia Urbinati and Alex Zakaras, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 250-274.

“The Bodhisattva Code and Compassion: A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective on Violence and Nonviolence”, Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror, ed. Douglas Allen, in series Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion, (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2006), 123-138.

“Mill and the Buddha”, The Philosophers Magazine, The Happiness Forum, Issue 35, 3rd Quarter 2006, 48-52.

“Mill’s Theory of Value” in The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism, ed. Henry West (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 117-138.

“Is Cultural Membership a Good? Kymlicka and Ignatieff on the Virtues and Perils of Belonging”, Philosophy and Its Public Role, in series St. Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, eds. William Aiken and John Haldane, (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004), 84-101.

“Enlightenment Liberalism” (co-authored with Amy Schmitter and Nathan Tarcov) in The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Education, ed. Randall Curren (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003). I am the sole author of the section “Mill on Education”, 85-91.

“Feminist Ethics and Anger: A Feminist Buddhist Reflection”, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, ed. Andrea Nicki, Spring 2002, 67-70.

“John Stuart Mill” (co-authored with Richard Fumerton), The Blackwell Guide to the Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche, ed. Steven M. Emmanuel, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000). I am the sole author of Part I “Mill’s Ethics and Political Philosophy”, 343-355.

“A Millian Perspective on the Relation Between Persons and Their Bodies”, in Persons and Their Bodies: Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships, ed. Mark J. Cherry and Thomas J. Bole (Dodrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999), 57-72.

“Animal Rights and Native Hunters: A Critical Analysis of Wenzel’s Defence”, in Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics, ed. Alex Wellington, Allan Greenbaum and Wes Cragg, (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1997), 153-64.

“Utilitarianism” in The Cambridge Companion to Mill, ed. John Skorupski, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 255-92.

“Self and Community in Environmental Ethics”, in Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature, ed. Karen J. Warren, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997), 375-389.

“Inherent Value and Moral Standing in Environmental Change” in Earthly Goods: Environmental Change and Social Justice, ed. Judith Reppy and Fen Osler Hampson, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996), 52-74.

“John Stuart Mill’s Liberal Feminism,” Philosophical Studies, 69; 1993, 155-166. Reprinted in Mill’s The Subjection of Women, ed. Maria H. Morales, (Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), 1-12. Reprinted in Mill’s Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy, ed. C.L. Ten, as part of The International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy series, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 1999). Reprinted in John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection of Women: His Contemporary and Modern Critics, ed. Lesley Jacobs and Richard Vanderwetering, (Delamar, New York: Caravan Books, 1999). Reprinted in Mill and the Moral Character of Liberalism, ed. Eldon Eisenach, (College Park: Penn State University Press,1998)),132-41.

Select Recent Presentations

“John Stuart Mill’s Green Liberalism”, presented at ISUS-XI Conference, Lucca, Italy, June 25, 2011.

“John Stuart Mill’s Green Liberalism and Ecofeminism”, presented at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, December 2, 2011 (as part of the Heather and Scott Kleiner Colloquium Series), sponsored by Philosophy and the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts.

“John Stuart Mill on Virtue and Nature”, presented at ISEE session on John Stuart Mill and Environmental Philosophy (with Eastern APA), Boston, December 28, 2010.

“Morality, Virtue and Aesthetics in Mill’s Art of Life”, presented at North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP) conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, July 15, 2010; presented at ISUS-X Conference, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, September 13, 2008

“John Stuart Mill on Autonomy, Tradition, and the Enforcement of Morality”, presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Conference, Vancouver, University of British Columbia, June 6, 2008.

“Autonomy and Community in John Stuart Mill”, invited public lecture delivered at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, (co-sponsored by Philosophy, Women’s Studies and Humanities and Western Civilization), March 26, 2007.

“John Stuart Mill and Virtue Ethics”, invited Keynote Address delivered at The John Stuart Mill Bicentennial Conference, the Ninth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, sponsored by The British Academy, University College London, London, England, April 7, 2006.

Work in Progress

“John Stuart Mill’s Green Liberalism and Ecofeminism”, to appear in Environmental Ethics and Consequentialism, eds, Leonard Kahn and Avram Hiller (publisher to be determined).

”Mill’s Individuality”, in The Blackwell Companion to John Stuart Mill, eds. Christopher Macleod and Dale Miller.