Lauren Guilmette


lguilme [at] emory [dot] edu


Cynthia Willett

Areas of Specialization

20th Century
Social and Political Philosophy


BA (philosophy), Williams College

Current Teaching

Introduction to Philosophy (honors), Spelman College, Fall 2011

Research Interests

Social and Political Philosophy, 19th and 20th century continental (esp. Foucault, French Feminism, Frankfurt School); descriptive and prescriptive theories of ’emotion,’ ‘passion,’ and ‘affect’ both historical and contemporary (esp. Spinoza, Nietzsche, ‘affect theory’); critical philosophies of race, gender, and sexuality; the ‘affectively-attuned’ cultural criticism of James Baldwin


A. Articles

“Reading Butler Reading Beauvoir Reading Sade: On Ethics and Eros,” Philosophy Today (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy supplement), 2011

B. Edited Books

2012 SPEP Supplement (commemorating its 50th anniversary), published by the Journal for Speculative Philosophy, Penn State Press. (with Anthony Steinbock and Cynthia Willett)


A. Refereed Paper Presentations

Trapped in a History We Do Not Understand: A Response to Shannon Sullivan’s “Sad Versus Joyful Passions,” presented at the 2012 annual meeting of philoSOPHIA in Oxford, Ohio, April 2012

“Nano-Dimensional Man: Hype, Hope, and Hubris in the New Biotechnologies,” to be given at “Critical Refusals,” the fourth biennial conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in October 2011

“Adorno’s Return of the Repressed: On Nature, Mimesis, and the Figure of the Animal,” to be given at the 2011 meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy in Philadelphia, October 2011

“Becoming-Woman, Becoming-Animal: Lessons for Post-Structuralism from Virginia Woolfs [sic],” to be presented at the 2011 annual meeting of SPEP in Philadelphia, October 2011

“Toward an Ethics of Significant Otherness: On Donna Haraway, Virginia Woolf, and Companionship Beyond the Bo(u)nds of Humanity,” given at the annual meeting of PhiloSOPHIA at Vanderbilt, May 2011

“Mutilating Practices: Thinking Everyday Violence With and Beyond Marx, Sartre, and Adorno,” presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Radical Philosophy Association in Oregon (co-written with Adam Moeller)

“Reading Butler Reading Beauvoir Reading Sade: On Ethics and Eros,” given at the 2010 annual meeting of SPEP in Montreal

“The Resistance of Matter in Nietzsche’s Aesthetics,” given at the Nietzsche Society meeting held at the 2010 meeting of SPEP in Montreal