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Allen, Amy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_114-3


Amy Allen (born October 14, 1970) is an American feminist philosopher and social theorist who has written on feminist theories of power, with attention to domination, resistance, and solidarity; on the theories of autonomy, subjection, and selfhood; and rearticulated the meaning of emancipation in response to postcolonial challenges to the idea of historical progress. In 2015, Allen became Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at The Pennsylvania State University after teaching at Dartmouth College for almost two decades, where she was the Parents Distinguished Research Professor.

The Power of Feminist Theory

Allen’s first monograph, The Power of Feminist Theory(1999), challenges the inadequacies of existing feminist theories of power and – underscoring the need in feminism for a satisfactory account of the term – constructs a theory of power that draws upon Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Hannah Arendt. Arguing that feminists...


Feminist philosophy Critical theory Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityFloridaUSA
  2. 2.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA