Marilyn Frye (born 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a notable American philosopher and feminist theorist. She is known for her work on sexism, racism, oppression, and sexuality. Her writings are widely regarded as offering exceptionally clear, compelling, and insightful discussions of key feminist topics, such as: white supremacy, male privilege, and gay and lesbian marginalization. Although she approaches the issues from the perspective of justice, she is also deeply engaged with the metaphysics, epistemology, and moral psychology of social categories.
Education and career
Frye received the BA with honors in philosophy from Stanford University in 1963 and received the PhD in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1969, writing a dissertation titled "Meaning and Illocutionary Force," under the supervision of Max Black. Before coming to Michigan State University in 1974, she taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2003 until her retirement, Frye was University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University; she also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Letters. In 2008 she was the Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Lecturer.
Research and publications
Awards and distinctions
- Frye was named Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the Year by the Society for Women in Philosophy in 2001.
- Frye was chosen as Phi Beta Kappa's Romanell Professor in Philosophy for 2007-2008. The annually-awarded Romanell Professorship "recognizes the recipient's distinguished achievement and substantial contribution to the public understanding of philosophy." Recipients of this award also offer a series of lectures open to the public; Frye's series was entitled "Kinds of People: Ontology and Politics."
- Frye, Marilyn (1983). The politics of reality: essays in feminist theory. Trumansburg, New York: Crossing Press. ISBN 9780895940995.
- Frye, Marilyn (1992). Willful virgin: essays in feminism, 1976-1992. Freedom, California: Crossing Press. ISBN 9780895945532.
- Frye, Marilyn; Hoagland, Sarah Lucia (2000). Feminist interpretations of Mary Daly. Re-reading the cannon. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University. ISBN 9780271020198.
Chapters in books
- "Categories and Dichotomies", Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed., Loraine Code, NY: Routledge, (2000)
- "Essentialism/Ethnocentrism: The Failure of the Ontological Cure", Is Academic Feminism Dead? Theory in Practice, ed., the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota, NYU Press, (2000)
- Frye, Marilyn (2005), "Oppression", in Cudd, Ann E.; Andreasen, Robin O., Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology, Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Pub, pp. 84–90, ISBN 9781405116619.
- Frye, Marilyn (2005), "Categories in distress", in Andrew, Barbara S.; Keller, Jean; Schwartzman, Lisa H., Feminist interventions in ethics and politics: feminist ethics and social theory, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 41–58, ISBN 9780742542693.
- "The Necessity of Differences: Constructing a Positive Category of Women," SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol.21, No.3, Summer (1996)
- Cutbank, Kid (2012). "Book Review: Frye's Politics of Reality". KidCutbank Blog.
- Card, Claudia (1986). "Oppression and Resistance: Frye's Politics of Reality". Hypatia 1 (1): 149–166. doi:10.1111/j.1527-2001.1986.tb00526.x.
- Frye, Marilyn. The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory, The Crossing Press, 1983, ISBN 0-89594-099-X, p175
- Cudd, Ann (2006). "Frye, Marilyn (1941-)". Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Willful Virgin: Essays in Feminism, 1976-1992 (1992)
- MSU Philosopher Marilyn Frye Wins Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship accessed June 21, (2007)
- Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the Year
- MSU Women’s Studies Newsletter Spring 2000 accessed June 21, 2007
- Phi Beta Kappa Society '07 Romanell Professor accessed June 21, (2007)