Nancy Bauer

Contact Info:
Office of the Dean of Arts
and Sciences
Ballou Hall, 3rd floor
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4230
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Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences, Professor

Professor Bauer is also an advisor in Women's Studies and in International Relations.

Feminism, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Philosophy and Film

Nancy Bauer is interested in thinking about what philosophy is and what role it plays, or should or might play, in everyday human life. Her writing explores these issues, especially as they arise in reflection about gender and philosophy, the history of philosophy, and philosophy and film. Her book on Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex was published by Columbia University Press in 2001, and she has just published a new book called How to Do Things With Pornography (Harvard University Press, 2015). Bauer received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard after majoring in Social Studies as an undergraduate, working as a reporter and a medical writer, and attending divinity school. She enjoys hanging out with her family; wrestling with the Sunday NYT crossword puzzle, running hither and yon, and listening to all things rock and roll. She's also never without her knitting.

Ph.D., Harvard University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
AB, Harvard University

Teaching With Technology Award, 2013
Joseph A. and Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Advising and Teaching, 2005
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, 2002 – 2003
Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, 2002
TCU Senate Professor of the Year, 2002

Selected Publications

  • How to Do Things With Pornography, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.
  • "Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism," New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
  • "Hegel and Feminist Politics: A Symposium," with Kimberley Hutchings, Tuija Pulkkinen, and Alison Stone, Feminist Engagements With Hegel, Columbia University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Beauvoir on the Allure of Self-Objectification," (Re)découvrir l'oeuvre de Simone de Beauvoir:  Du Deuxième Sexe à La Cérémonie des adieux, edited by Pascale Fautrier, Pierre-Louis Fort, and Anne Strasser (Paris: Le Bord de L'Eau, 2008): 249 – 256.
  • "The Second Feminism," Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy, October 2007.
  • "The N-Word,"  Fringe 10 (June 2007).
  • "Pornutopia," n+1 5 (Winter 2007): 63 – 73.
  • "How to Do Things With Pornography," Reading Cavell, edited by Sanford Shieh and Alice Crary (New York:  Routledge, 2006).
  • "On Human Understanding," Wittgensteinian Fideism, edited by Kai Nielsen and D. Z. Phillips (Norwich, England: SCM Press, 2006).
  • "Beauvoir's Heideggerian Ontology," The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays, edited by Margaret A. Simons (Indiana University Press, 2006).
  • "Cogito Ergo Film: Plato, Descartes, and Fight Club," Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell, edited by Rupert Read (Florence, KY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
  • "Must We Read Simone de Beauvoir?" The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Emily Grosholz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • "Is Feminist Philosophy a Contradiction in Terms?" Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, 5th ed., edited by G. Lee Bowie, Robert C. Solomon, Meredith W. Michaels (Florence, KY: Wadsworth, 2003).  An abridgement of chapter 1 of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism.
  • "Being-with as Being-against:  Heidegger Meets Hegel in The Second Sex," Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2 (June 2001).
  • "First Philosophy, The Second Sex, and the Third Wave," Labyrinth, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1999).  Reprinted in Simone de Beauvoir:  50 Jahre nach Dem Anderen Geschlecht, edited by Yvanka B. Raynova and Susanne Moser (Vienna: Institute for Axiological Research, 1999). A different version of chapter 2 of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism.
  • "Sum Femina Inde Cogito:  Das andere Geschleht und Die Meditationen," Die Philosophin 20 (October 1999): 41 – 61.

Courses Taught Regularly

  • Phil 24:  Introduction to Ethics
  • Phil 48:  Feminist Philosophy
  • Phil 54:  Philosophy and Film
  • Phil 185:  From Hegel to Nietzsche
  • Phil 186:  Phenomenology and Existentialism


  • Philosophy and Film
  • Freud
  • Wittgenstein
  • Topics in Feminist Philosophy
  • Heidegger's Being and Time
  • The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir