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Marianne Janack

Marianne Janack
Marianne Janack

John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy

202 College Hill Road, Room 103

Marianne Janack, who received her doctorate from Syracuse University, teaches classes in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy, and philosophy and literature. In 2004, Janack won both the College's Hatch Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Richardson Award for Innovation in Teaching.

She received a major National Science Foundation grant in 2008-09 to support her work on What We Mean By Experience, published by Stanford University Press in 2012. She is also the editor of Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty. She is working on a book about David Foster Wallace, teaching and philosophy, based on a course she co-taught with students in spring 2014.

Recent Courses Taught

Philosophy as/and/of literature
Philosophy of Science
Seminar: David Foster Wallace and the Difficulty of Philosophy


  • President of the Richard Rorty Society, 2020
  • Vice president of the Richard Rorty Society, 2016-20
  • Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Professor of Philosophy for 2017-18
  • National Science Foundation Grant recipient (division of Science and Technology Studies), 2008-09
  • Sidney Wertimer Chair in Philosophy, Hamilton College, 2007-12
  • Richardson Award for Innovation in Teaching, Hamilton College, 2004
  • The John R. Hatch, Class of 1925, Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2004
  • NEH Summer Seminar Award recipient, “Feminist Epistemologies,” Pennsylvania State University Philosophy Department.  Nancy Tuana and Shannon Sullivan, co-directors, summer 2003
  • Fellow, Pembroke Center, Brown University, 2000-01
  • University Fellow, Syracuse University, 1988-92

Selected Publications

  • What We Mean by Experience, Stanford University Press. 2012.
  • ed. Re-reading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty, Penn State University Press,  May 2010.
  • “The Problem of Experience: Continental and Analytic Perspectives,”  International Studies in Philosophy, 40.2/2008  p. 33-46.
  • “Politics, Metaphysics, and Experience,” in Feminist Metaphysics: Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender, and the Self, ed. Charlotte Witt. (Springer, 2010).
  • “Changing the Subject of Epistemology and Psychology: William James’s Psychology without Borders,” Metaphilosophy, January 2004.
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  • “Emotion and Conversion” American Philosophical Association Newsletters: Philosophy and Feminism, vol. 100, no. 1 (spring, 2000).
  • with LaRocque, Michelle, "Fashion Emergency: Feminist Theory Faces Accusations of Trendiness” Philosophy Now, issue 33, September/October 2001.
  • “Dilemmas of Objectivity” Social Epistemology, 2002, vol. 16, no. 3.
  • "Struggling for Common Ground: Identity Politics and the Challenge to Feminist Politics" Social Theory and Practice, vol.  25, no. 2. (summer 1999).
  • with Adams, John C.: “Feminist Epistemologies, Rhetorical Traditions, and the Ad Hominem” The Changing Tradition: Women in the History of Rhetoric. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press), 1999.
  • "Rorty on Ethnocentrism and Exclusion” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 3 (1998).
  • “Standpoint Epistemology Without the ‘Standpoint’?: An Examination of Epistemic Privilege and Epistemic Authority” Hypatia vol. 12, no. 2 (spring 1997).

Appointed to the Faculty: 2001

Educational Background

Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Colgate University

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