Naomi Scheman

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Naomi Scheman
Naomi Beth Scheman
InstitutionsUniversity of Minnesota, Umeå University, University of Ottawa, Columbia University, University of Gothenburg, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies
Main interests
Politics of epistemology, feminist theory, trustworthiness and community engagement, gender studies, queer studies, transgender studies

Naomi Scheman is a Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.[1][2] She is also a guest professor at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies in Sweden.[2] Scheman was one of the first scholars to bring Wittgenstein's thoughts in to feminist philosophy.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Scheman received her bachelor's in philosophy from Barnard College in 1968.[2] She went on to receive a master's and doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University, in 1971 and 1978, respectively.[2]

Scheman is currently a professor at University of Minnesota, and a guest professor at Umeå University.[2] During her time at the University of Minnesota, she served as the chair of the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies department from 1986-1989, and has served as the Director of Graduate Studies since 2007.[2] Prior to her current positions, Scheman has held appointments at the University of Ottawa, Columbia University, the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies (including serving as director from 1991-1992 and associate dean of the graduate school from 2000-2003,) and the University of Gothenburg.[2]

Scheman also serves as a member of the editorial boards of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and NORA (the Nordic Women's Studies Journal).[2] She also served as an associate editor of Signs between 1990 and 1993.[2]

Research areas[edit]

Scheman was one of the first academics to read Wittgenstein in a feminist light, and, likewise, was one of the first academics to bring Wittgenstein's ideas to feminism.[3] Much of Scheman's work has centered around the implications of the interactions between ontology and epistemology.[3] Scheman is especially interested in the ways in which transgressive practices shine light on the actions of normal people, and on how insights gleaned from these observations allow for the chance of acting differently.[3] (Scheman is also a strong believer that mental phenomena such as race and class are socially constructed, and is a strong opponent of physicalism.)[3]


Scheman has written three books: Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority, and Privilege in 1993,[4] Is Academic Feminism Dead? in 2000,[5] Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein in 2002,[6] and most recently Shifting Ground: Knowledge & Reality, Transgression & Trust in 2011.[2][7] She has also written a significant number of peer-reviewed papers, as well as a number of articles, commentaries, and presentations including.[2]

Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority, and Privilege[edit]

In Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority, and Privilege,[4] Scheman critiques aspects of modern philosophy that serve or reinforce injustice.[8] The book is structured as a collection of essays.[9] She focuses especially on modern philosophy's apparent disdain for the body from which it, by necessity, sprung, and attempts to reground philosophy in the physical bodies and relationships it arose from.[8] Much of Engenderings draws on Scheman's personal experience as a woman philosopher, attempting to figure out how to occupy the role of 'woman philosopher' while making as few concessions to the culture of intellectual privilege that led her to occupy that identity in the first place as possible.[10]

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Scheman, Naomi (2009), "Narrative, complexity, and context: autonomy as an epistemic value", in Lindemann, Hilde; Verkerk, Marian; Walker, Margaret Urban (eds.), Naturalized bioethics: toward responsible knowing and practice, Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 106–124, ISBN 9780521719407.


  1. ^ "Naomi Scheman". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Scheman, Naomi. "Curriculum Vitae". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e DesAutels, Peggy. "June 2012: Naomi Scheman". Highlighted Philosophers. American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Scheman, Naomi (1993). Engenderings : constructions of knowledge, authority, and privilege. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415907408.
  5. ^ Social Justice Group at the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, The (2000). Is academic feminism dead?: theory in practice. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814727058.
  6. ^ Scheman, Naomi; O'Connor, Peg (2002). Feminist interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271021980.
  7. ^ Scheman, Naomi (2011). Shifting ground knowledge and reality, transgression and trustworthiness. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195395105.
  8. ^ a b Kamarck Minnich, Elizabeth (February 1995). "Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority, and Privilege by Naomi Scheman". Gender and Society. 9 (1): 125–126. doi:10.2307/189604.
  9. ^ ANTONY, LOUISE M. (1 July 1995). "Symposium: Feminist Epistemology: COMMENT ON NAOMI SCHEMAN". Metaphilosophy. 26 (3): 191–198. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9973.1995.tb00567.x.
  10. ^ Lovibond, Sabina (July 1995). "Engenderings: Constructions of Knowledge, Authority and Privilege. by Naomi Scheman". The Philosophical Review. 104 (4): 460–462. doi:10.2307/2185637.