Cheshire Calhoun

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Cheshire Calhoun is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University and research professor at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. She is best known for her work in feminist philosophy as well as writing on gay and lesbian philosophy and the morality of same-sex marriage.[1]

Calhoun argues for same-sex marriage—and against the United States' Defense of Marriage Act—on the basis that equal access to the institution of marriage for homosexual and heterosexual people is the only way to guarantee equal citizenship and societal worth for lesbian and gay people.[2]

In 2014, she was elected as the board chair of the American Philosophical Association where she has previously served on the executive committee for the APA's Eastern Division as well as the APA's committee for LGBT philosophers.[3]


  • Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet: Lesbian and Gay Displacement (Oxford University Press, 2000)[1]
  • What is an Emotion? (co-edited with Robert C. Solomon; Oxford University Press 1984)[1]


  1. ^ a b c Alan Soble; Nicholas P. Power (2008). The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 197–198. ISBN 978-0-7425-4798-8. 
  2. ^ Halwani, Raja. (2010). Philosophy of love, sex, and marriage : an introduction. New York: Routledge. pp. 297–300. ISBN 978-0-415-99351-7. 
  3. ^ Amy E. Ferrer (16 January 2014). "Dr. Cheshire Calhoun elected new APA board chair". American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 3 May 2014.