Louise Antony
Alma materSyracuse University
Harvard University
SpouseJoseph Levine
InstitutionsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst

Louise M. Antony is an American philosopher who is professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She specializes in epistemology and feminist theory.

Education and career

Antony received a bachelor's in philosophy from Syracuse University in 1975,[1] after which she went to Harvard University for her doctorate, which she received in 1981.[2] Her first academic position was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1980-81. She taught at Boston University from 1981 to 1983; Bates College from 1983 to 1986; North Carolina State University from 1986 to 1993; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1993 to 2000; and the Ohio State University from 2000 to 2006, when she moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[2]

Personal life

Louise Antony is married to fellow philosopher Joseph Levine and is the mother of Bay Area musician Rachel Lark.[3]


Antony is a proponent of analytic feminist philosophy, suggesting that earlier feminist philosophers overlooked the extent to which analytic philosophers had rejected the ideas of empiricists and rationalists, and thus misidentified analytic epistemology with empiricism.[4][5]


Antony has written a number of peer-reviewed papers, book reviews, and essays.[2] She has also edited and introduced three volumes: Philosophers Without Gods (Oxford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays by leading philosophers reflecting on their life without religious faith; Chomsky and His Critics, with Norbert Hornstein (Blackwell Publishing Company, 2003); and, with Charlotte Witt, A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity (Westview Press, 1993), which was expanded in 2002 in a second edition.[6]

Other selected essays include "Natures and Norms",[7] "Multiple Realization: Keeping it Real", "Atheism as Perfect Piety For the Love of Reason", "Everybody Has Got It: A Defense of Non-Reductive Materialism in the Philosophy of Mind", and, with Rebecca Hanrahan, "Because I Said So: Toward a Feminist Theory of Authority".[2]

In addition to her academic work, Antony has spoken out about the oppressive climate for women in philosophy. She wrote one of a series of articles in the New York Times's Opinionator column in the fall of 2013,[8] and in 2011 co-founded with Ann Cudd the Mentoring Project for Junior Women in Philosophy.[9] In 2015-16 she served as president of the eastern division of the American Philosophical Association.

In 2008, Antony debated Christian apologist William Lane Craig on the topic "Is God Necessary for Morality?".

See also


  1. ^ "Veritas :: Louise Antony". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Antony, Louise. "UMass Philosophy - Faculty". University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  3. ^ "What's the Point? With Rachel Lark on Apple Podcasts". 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ Garry, Ann. "Analytic Feminism". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  5. ^ Antony, Louise M. (August 1995). "Is psychological individualism a piece of ideology?". Hypatia. 13 (3): 157–174. doi:10.1111/j.1527-2001.1995.tb00742.x. S2CID 143475763.
  6. ^ Profile page: Louise Antony, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Archived 2014-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Antony, Louise M. (2005), "Natures and norms", in Cudd, Ann E.; Andreasen, Robin O. (eds.), Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology, Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 127–144, ISBN 9781405116619.
  8. ^ Antony, Louise (6 September 2013). "Academia's Fog of Male Anxiety". New York Times. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  9. ^ "The Mentoring Project Workshop". University of Kansas. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014.