Alison Wylie

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Alison Wylie
Era 20th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of science, Philosophy of social science, Philosophy of archaeology, Feminist philosophy

Alison Wylie is a Canadian-born feminist philosopher of science who currently teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle (Winter and Spring) and Durham University, UK (Fall). Early in her career she established her reputation and gained recognition for her work on epistemological questions in archaeological practice and feminist research in the social sciences. The influence of her work is primarily in the philosophy of science (especially social sciences), social epistemology and standpoint theory; Wylie also publishes on research ethics in archaeology.

Education and career[edit]

Wylie undergraduate degree is from Mount Allison University. She earned MA degrees in philosophy and anthropology and a PhD in philosophy from Binghamton University. Prior to teaching at the University of Washington, Wylie taught at the University of Western Ontario (1985–1998), Washington University in St. Louis (1998–2003), and Columbia University (2003–2005).

Wylie received a Presidential Recognition Award from the [Society of American Archivists] in 1995[1] for her work as a co-chair on the Ethics in Archaeology Committee which developed the current Principles of Archaeological Ethics in use by the SAA.[2] Wylie was the senior editor of Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy[3] from 2008–2013[4] and President of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division during 2011–12.[5] In 2013, SWIP (Society for Women in Philosophy) named her Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the year.[6] In 2016 The Philosophy of Science Association elected her to serve a two-year term (January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020) as President of the Association.[7]



Special issues and symposia[edit]


Talks and interviews[edit]

  • "What Knowers Know well: Why Feminism Matter To Archaeology" Katz Distinguished Lecture, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington,May 19, 2016
  • “Archaeology and Critical Feminism of Science: Interview by Kelly Koide, Mariana Toledo Ferreira, and Marisol Marini; published as [Archaeology and Critical Feminism of Science: Interview with Alison Wylie], Scientiae Studiea, Sao Paolo 12.3 (2014): 549-590; available in English
  • The Archaeologist's Life, a series of interviews by Phyllis Messenger
  • American Philosophical Association Presidential Address: "Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters" (Seattle, April 2012)
  • Rotman Institute Speaker: “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology” (Western University, November 2012)
  • Archaeology in the Making: Conversations Through a Discipline, edited by William Rathje, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore, Routledge, in press (2012).
  • “Transformations in Archaeology Theory and Method: Turning Point in the Early 1980s”: Personal Histories Retrospect, convened by Pamela Smith, Cambridge Personal Histories Project (Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, October 2007). Video podcast:
  • Telling Stories, Constructing Narratives: Gender Equity and Archaeology: Uzma Z. Rizvi, Greenfield Intercultural Center (2007).
  • “Philosophy from the Ground Up”: interview with Kathryn Denning, “Words of Wisdom,” Assemblage 5 (April 2000).


External links[edit]

  • Alison Wylie's homepage at the University of Washington (Seattle) -
  • Alison Wylie at Durham University (UK) -