Bat-Ami Bar On
Bat-Ami Bar On is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her primary theoretical and activist interests are in violence, though she escapes them (often?) by pursuing other themes. She teaches in Socio-Political Theory (including its history and with particular interest in Arendt, Marx, Luxemburg, some Critical Theory, as well as Foucault), Feminist Theory (particularly feminist ethico-politics and feminist jurisprudence), Ethics (theory and public policy ), and Critical Jewish Studies. She completed her B.A. and M.A. at Tel-Aviv University in Israel (both 1972) and her Ph.D work was pursued at Ohio State (1981).
Daring to be Good: Essays in Feminist Ethico-Politics , ed., with Ann Ferguson (NY: Routledge, 1998).
Women and Violence : a special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, ed., (Fall 1996).
Engendering Origins: Critical Feminist Readings of Plato and Aristotle, ed., (State University of New York, 1994).
Modern Engenderings: Critical Feminist Readings in the History of Modern Western Philosophy , ed., (State University of New York, 1994).
"Everyday Violence and Ethico-Political Crisis" in Daring to be Good: Essays in Feminist Ethico-Politics , Bat-Ami Bar On and Ann Ferguson, eds., (New York: Routledge, 1998).
"Arendt on the Technologies of Genocide" in Krieg/War: Eine philosophische Auseinandersetzung aus feministischer Sicht, Weiner Philosophinnen Club, ed., (Munechen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1997), pp. 13-19.
"Sexuality, the Family, and Nationalism" in Feminism and Families , Hilde Nelson, ed., (New York: Routledge, 1997), pp. 221-234.
"Women in Dark Times: Rahel Varnhagen, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt and Me" in Hannah Arendt: Twenty Years Later, Larry May and Jerome Kohn, eds., (MIT, 1996), pp. 287-306.
"Autonomy and Violence," The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 62/3 (March 1996): 1-5
"Arendt and (Auto)Biographical Thinking," Feminism and Philosophy Newsletter 95/1 (Fall 1995): 32-35.
"Meditations on National Identity," Hypatia 9/2 (Spring 1994): 40-62.
"Reading Bartky: Identity, Identification, and Critical Self-Reflection," Hypatia 8.1 (Winter, 1993): 159-163.
"Marginality and Epistemic Privilege" in Feminist Epistemologies , Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter , eds., (New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 83-100.
"The Feminist Sexuality Debates" and the Transformation of the Political," Hypatia 7.2 (Fall, 1992): 45-58. Also in Danish (translated by Lisbeth Jorgensen) in Filosofi 2 (April, 1996): 34-54.
"Why Terrorism is Morally Problematic" in Feminist Ethics , Claudia Card, ed., (University of Kansas, 1991), pp. 107-125.
"Platoon and the Failure of War" in Sexual Politics and Popular Culture , Diane Raymond, ed., (Bowling Green University, 1990), pp. 211-218.
Bat-Ami Bar On's current projects are:
1. The Subject of Violence: Arendtean Exercises in Understanding, a book of thematically organized essays exploring with and through Hannah Arendt's work both deployments of violence and their subjectifying force.
2. Co-editing with Lisa Tessman, Jewish Locations: Traversing Racialized Landscapes, an anthology intended to collect feminist essays that reflect on both ontological and ethico-political questions about Jewish identity and race in the context of post-Holocaust transformations, paying particular attention to the double processes of the de-racialization of Jews qua Jews and the recasting of Jews both in re-racialized and in other terms.
She is a second dan (second degree black belt) in Soo Bahk Do and since 1995 has also been studying Shuri Ryu and Modern Arnis.
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