Lori Gruen

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Lori Gruen
Born (1962-10-30) 30 October 1962 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois
Era 21st-century philosophy
Main interests Feminist philosophy, Animal ethics, Political philosophy
Notable ideas Entangled empathy[1]

Lori Gruen (born 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is a feminist philosopher who works at the intersections of ethical theory and ethical practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She has taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Lafayette College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University and is currently Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University.[2] She also co-coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies.[3][4]

Gruen is the author of the recently published Ethics and Animals: An Introduction. She also created the memorial for the first 100 chimpanzees used in research in the US: first100chimps.wesleyan.edu.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 2012 Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Second Edition) (New York: Oxford

University Press) co-edited with Dale Jamieson and Christopher Schlottmann

  • 2011 Ethics and Animals (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • 1997 Sex, Morality and the Law (New York: Routledge Press) co-edited with George E. Panichas.
  • 1987 Animal Liberation: A Graphic Guide (London: Camden Press) co-authored with Peter Singer.
  • 2012 “Climate Change and Food Justice” co-authored with Clement Loo in M. Di Paola & G. Pelligrino (eds) Ethics

and Politics of Climate Change (Routledge, forthcoming).

  • 2012 “Navigating Difference (Again): Animal Ethics and Entangled Empathy” in G. Zucker (ed.) Strangers to

Nature: Animal Lives and Human Ethics (New York: Lexington Books).

  • 2009 “Attending to Nature,” Ethics and the Environment 14(2) pp. 23-38.[6]
  • 2009 “The Faces of Animal Oppression” in A. Ferguson and M. Nagel (eds.) Dancing with Iris: Between

Phenomenology and the Body Politic in the Political Philosophy of Iris Marion Young (New York: Oxford University Press) pp. 225-237.

  • 2004 "Empathy and Vegetarian Commitments" in S. Sapontzis (ed.) Food for Thought: The Debate over Eating

Meat (NY: Prometheus Press) pp. 284-294.

Reprinted in C. Adams & J. Donovan The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics

(NY: Columbia 2007) pp 333–344.

  • 2003 "The Moral Status of Animals," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy online. Revised 2010.
  • 2002 “The Morals of Animal Minds” in C. Allen, M. Bekoff. & G. Burghardt. (eds.) The Cognitive Animal (Cambridge,

MA: MIT Press) pp. 437–442.

  • 1997 “Animals, Intimacy, and Moral Distance” co-authored with Chris Cuomo in A. Bar On & A. Ferguson (eds).

Daring to be Good (New York: Routledge) pp. 129–142.

  • 1994 “Toward an Ecofeminist Moral Epistemology” in K. Warren (ed.). Ecological Feminism (New York: Routledge

Press) pp. 120–138.

  • 1993 “Animal Welfare and Individual Characteristics: A Conversation Against Speciesism,” coauthored with M.

Bekoff, Ethics and Behavior 3 (2) pp. 163–175.

  • 1993 “Ecofeminism: Toward Global Justice and Planetary Health,” co-authored with Greta Gaard, Society and

Nature 4 pp. 1–35.

Reprinted in L. Pojman and P. Pojman (eds.) Environmental Ethics: Readings in Theory and Applications

(Wadsworth Publishing, 2011)

Reprinted in A. Light and H. Rolston III (eds.) Environmental Ethics: An Anthology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)
Reprinted in M. Zimmerman, et. al (eds.) Environmental Philosophy: From Animal Rights to Radical Ecology (4th

edition) (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2004).

  • 1993 “Dismantling Oppression: An Analysis of the Connection between Women and Animals” in G. Gaard (ed.),

Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature (Philadelphia: Temple University Press) pp. 60–90.

Reprinted in A. Jaggar (ed.), Living With Contradictions (Boulder: Westview Press,

1994) pp. 537-548.

  • 1993 “Re-Valuing Nature” in E. Winkler & J. Coombs (eds.), An Applied Ethics Reade (Oxford: Basil Blackwell) pp.


Reprinted in K. Warren (ed.) Ecological Feminism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Bloomington: Indiana University

Press, 1995).

  • 1992 “Animals in Science: Some Areas Revisited” co-authored with M. Bekoff, et al. Animal Behaviour 44 pp. 473–


  • 1991 “Animals” in P. Singer (ed), A Companion to Ethics (Oxford: Basil Blackwell) pp. 343–353.
Reprinted in L. Gruen & D. Jamieson (eds.), Reflecting on Nature (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994) pp.


Translated into Norwegian and reprinted in Lisa Galmark(ed.) Djur & Måniskor (Nya Doxa, 1997).
  • 1990 “Gendered Knowledge? Examining Influences on Scientific and Ethological Inquiries” in M. Bekoff & D.

Jamieson (eds.), Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of Animal Behavior (Boulder: Westview Press) pp. 56- 73.

Reprinted in M. Bekoff & D. Jamieson (eds.), Studies in Animal Cognition (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996) pp. 17-27.


  1. ^ Glass, E. "Introducing Lori Gruen". CUNY The Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies. CUNY Graduate Center. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lori Gruen PhD". Weslyan University. Lori Gruen. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Gorman, James. "Animal Studies Cross Campus to Lecture Hall". Science. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Lori Gruen". Lori Gruen. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Gorman, Lin, Louttit, James, Thomas, Meghan (2011-11-14). "Chimpanzee Stories". New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Gruen, Lori. "Attending to Nature: Empathetic Engagement with the More than Human World". Ethics and the Environment. Indiana University Press. Retrieved 29 April 2012.