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University of Central Oklahoma
swoolwine@uco.edu (405) 974-5689 Humanities and Philosophy LAN 236G , Box 166

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

M.A., Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

B.A., Oklahoma City University  

Classes Taught

  • Philosophy 4203: Women and Values
  • Philosophy 3173: 19th Century Philosophy
  • Philosophy 3990: Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy 3223: Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Philosophy 2073: Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy 2003: Engineering Ethics
  • Philosophy 1123: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Philosophy 1113: Introduction to Philosophy

Interests

My research interests are in American pragmatism, disability studies, feminist philosophy, and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. Currently, my projects draw from these areas of thought to develop moral and epistemic frameworks through which to counter the traditional exclusion of those with disabilities from philosophical conversations about disability.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

 Articles, Book Chapters, and Published Notes

            Woolwine, Sarah. “Dewey on Disability and Epistemic Virtue” a chapter in Disability and American Philosophies, Eds. Daniel Brunson and Nate Jackson. (Routledge, forthcoming, 2021).

Woolwine, Sarah. Commentary on Boomer Trujillo’s “The Benefits of being a Suicidal Curmudgeon: Emil Cioran On Killing Yourself.” Southwest Philosophy Review, forthcoming, 2021.

Dadlez, E.M. and Woolwine, Sarah. “Ashamed of Ourselves: Disabling Shame and Humility,” a chapter in Handbook on the Philosophy of Humility, Ed. Tony Bruce, (Routledge, 2020).

            Woolwine, Sarah. “Knowing Disability Transactionally: A Pragmatist Response to Epistemic Injustice,” presidential address for the 80th annual meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, Southwest Philosophy Review, 35:1 (January 2019).  

            Vanatta, Seth and Woolwine, Sarah. “The Social Darwinist,” a chapter in The Pragmatism and Prejudice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Ed. Seth Vanatta, (Lexington Books, 2018).

            Bell, Justin and Woolwine, Sarah. “American Pragmatism, Disability, and the Politics of Resilience” a chapter in the Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, Ed. David Boonin, (Palgrave, 2018).

            Woolwine, Sarah. “Concealing Disability: Adorno and Horkheimer on Passing as Abled,” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 33:1 (January 2017), 187-194.

            Woolwine, Sarah and Dadlez, E.M.“Rights of Passage: The Ethics of Disability Passing and Repercussions for Identity,” Res Philosophica 93:4 (October 2016, Special Issue on Philosophy of Disability), 951-969.

            Woolwine, Sarah. Commentary on Martina Ferrari’s “Transgressive Freedom: On Beauvoir’s Hegelian Philosophy of Action,” Southwest Philosophy Review 32:2 (July 2016), 23-27.

            Woolwine, Sarah. “Historicity and Myth in the Work of Johann Jakob Bachofen: Reassessing the Feminist Relevance of Das Mutterrecht,” Southwest Philosophy Review 31:2 (July 2015), 95-108.

            Woolwine, Sarah and Dadlez, E.M. “Gender and Moral Virtue in Kant’s Critique of Judgment: The Third Critique as a Template for Identifying Feminine Deficit,” Southwest Philosophy Review 31:1 (January 2015), 109-118.

            Woolwine, Sarah and Dadlez, E.M. “When Complementarianism Becomes Gender Apartheid: Feminist Philosophers’ Objections to the Christian Right,” Southwest Philosophy Review 30:1 (January 2014), 195-203.

Woolwine, Sarah. “Myth, Matriarchy, and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray’s Critique of Culture in ‘The Universal as Mediation,’” Southwest Philosophy Review 29:1 (January 2013), 31-38.

            Woolwine, Sarah. “Systematicity in the Critique of Aesthetic Judgment: The Emergence of a Unified Subject," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25:4 (2011), 343-358.

Professional Conference Papers

"John Dewey's Philosophy of Experience and Intellectual Disability" (with Justin Bell), presented at the John Dewey Memorial Conference, hosted by the John Dewey Society and held at the University of Vermont in Burlington VT, October 8-9, 2021.

“John Dewey, Moral Theory, & Intellectual Disability” (with Justin Bell), presented at the 71st annual meeting of the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society, held virtually on May 21-22, 2021. Hosted by Baylor University and the University of Houston-Victoria.

“John Dewey & Cognitive Disability” (with Justin Bell), presented as part of “Pragmatism and Social Change,” a panel hosted by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association (central division), held virtually February 24-27, 2021. Other panel participants included Paniel Osberto Reyes Cardenas (UPAEP University).

 “Knowing Disability Transactionally: A Pragmatist Response to Epistemic Injustice,” presented at: 

*2019 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 17th-20th in Vancouver, BC.

*46th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, March 14th-16th, 2019 in Columbus, OH. *Kansas Philosophical Society, February 9th, 2019 in Wichita, KS., held at Wichita State University.

*80th annual meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 911, 2018 in Denver, CO., held at the University of Colorado, Denver.

*72nd annual meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, October 12-14, 2018 in Denver, CO., held at the University of Colorado, Denver.

 “Disability and the Politics of Resilience,” presented as part of a panel discussion, “American Philosophy and Disability: Implications from Lived Experience,” at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, March 16th-18th, 2017 in Birmingham, AL.  Other panel presenters included Justin Bell (University of Houston Victoria), Nate Jackson (Capital University), and Daniel J. Brunson (Morgan State University).

 “Concealing Disability: Adorno and Horkheimer on Passing as Abled,” presented at:

*78th annual meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 11-13, 2016 in Corpus Christi, TX.

 *55th meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Salt Lake City, UT, October 20-22, 2016.

 “Rights of Passage: The Ethics of Disability Passing and Repercussions for Identity” (coauthored with E. M. Dadlez), presented at:

*9th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, August 11-14, 2016. 

 * “Ability and Enhancement Colloquium,” a workshop hosted by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, April 8-9, 2016.

 “Gender and Moral Virtue in Kant’s Critique of Judgment: The Third Critique as a Template for Identifying Feminine Deficit” (coauthored with E. M. Dadlez), presented at: 

*Hypatia/Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophy Conference, an event hosted by the American Philosophical Association and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and held at Villanova University, Villanova, PA, May 28-30, 2015.

 *66th Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society, held at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, March 27-29, 2015. 

*76th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, October 31- November 2, 2014 in Lawrence KS.

 *68th Annual Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, October 16-18, 2014 in Reno, NV., held at the University of Nevada Reno.

 *31st Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 11-13, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM.

 “Historicity and Myth in the Work of Johann Jakob Bachofen: A Phenomenological Reading of Das Mutterrecht,” presented at the 39th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, TN (held at Rhodes College), March 13-15, 2015, Memphis, TN.

 “Is Irigaray’s Matriarchalist Feminism Defensible?” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association, April 3-5, 2014 in Denton, TX., held at the University of North Texas.

 “When Complementarianism Becomes Gender Apartheid: Feminist Philosopher’s Objections to the Christian Right” (with E. M. Dadlez), presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 8-10, 2013 in Fredericksburg, TX.

 “Desire and Self-Knowledge in Shakespeare: The Aesthetics of Sexual Hypocrisy in Measure for Measure” (with D. Lance Marsh), at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 12-14, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM. 

 “An Uneasy Alliance: Feminists in Dialogue with J.J. Bachofen.” For the 46th Annual Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association, April 4-6, 2013 in Denton, TX., held at the University of North Texas.

 “Interpreting the Work of Jane Ellen Harrison: Cultural Phenomenology as a Supplement to Postmodern Thought,” presented at:

*37th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 15-16, 2013, Memphis, TN., held at Rhodes College. 

*31st Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 11-13, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM.

 “Myth, Matriarchy, and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray’s Critique of Culture in ‘The Universal as Mediation,’” presented at:

*74th annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 9-11, 2012 in New Orleans, LA., held at Loyola University.

*50th annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 19-22, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

 *35th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, March 4-5, 2011, Memphis TN., held at the University of Memphis.

 “Jane Ellen Harrison’s Critique of Spirit,” presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 13-15, 2012 in Santa Fe, NM.

  “Systematicity in the Critique of Aesthetic Judgment: The Emergence of a Unified Subject," at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 8-10, 2011 in Santa Fe, NM.

 “The Bergsonian Basis for Jane Ellen Harrison’s Theory of Early Greek Religion,” presented at the 62nd  annual meeting for the New Mexico West Texas Philosophical Society, April 15-17, 2011 in El Paso, TX., held at the University of Texas, El Paso.

As a Commentator or Moderator

Comments on Ian Hosbach’s “Becoming With Others, Becoming Careful,” a paper presented at the 71st annual meeting of the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society, held virtually on May 21-22, 2021. Hosted by Baylor University and the University of Houston-Victoria.

Moderator for a panel on pragmatism and feminism at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, held virtually on March 11-13, 2021. Panel participants included Judy Whipps (Grand Valley State University) and Amanda Dubrule (MacEwan University).

Comments on Matthew Turin’s “Religious Identities, Gender Identities, & First-Person Authority,” a paper given at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophical Society, October 9-11, 2020. A virtual meeting hosted by Weber State University.

Moderator for “Autonomy and Consent,” a panel held at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 1-3, 2019 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Panel participants included Emily McGill (Keene State University), Shanon Frye (George Mason University), and Elizabeth Lanphier (Vanderbilt Medical Center).

 Moderator for “Freedom and Well-Being,” a panel held at the 80th annual meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 9-11, 2018 in Denver, CO., held at the University of Colorado, Denver. Panel participants included Stuart Rosenbaum (Baylor University) and Thomas Carnes (United States Military Academy).

 Moderator and commentator for Seth Vanatta’s “Justice Holmes, the Social Darwinist” and Trevor Pearce’s “American Pragmatism, Moral Evolution, and Social Reform,” papers given at the 45th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, March 8-10, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.

 Moderator for “Narrative Origins of Identity,” a panel held at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 3-5, 2017 in Waco, TX., held at Baylor University. Panel participants included Andy Rose (Fuller Theological Seminary) and G. M. Trujillo, Jr. (Vanderbilt University).

 Commentary on Martina Ferrari’s “Transgressive Freedom: On Beauvoir’s Hegelian Philosophy of Action,” given at 77th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 6-8, 2015, held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

 Moderator for “Metaphilosophy,” a panel held at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 6-8, 2015, held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

 Commentary on Jules Simon’s “Levinasian Intentionality: Seen Through the Veil of a Muslim Women,” at the 66th Annual Meeting of the New Mexico West Texas Philosophical Society, held at the University of Houston, March 27-29, 2015, Houston, TX.

 Moderator for “Ancient Philosophy,” a panel held at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, October 31st-November 2nd, 2014, Lawrence, KS. Panelists included Brian D. Brost (University of Central Missouri), and Jeremy DeLong (University of Kansas).

 Commentary on Jorge Valadez’s “Flourishing as an Ecological Process,” at the 64th Annual Meeting of the New Mexico West Texas Philosophical Society, March 22-23, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. Commentary on Laura Mueller’s “Between Paralysis and Action: Moral Genius in Kant’s Critique of Judgment,” at the 37th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 15-16, 2013 in Memphis, TN., held at Rhodes College.

 Commentary on Hamner Hill’s “Empowerment as the Fundamental Legal Concept,” at the 62nd annual meeting for the New Mexico West Texas Philosophical Society, April 15-17, 2011 in El Paso, TX., held at the University of Texas, El Paso.

 Commentary on Lawrence K. Schmidt’s “Habermas and Critique in Philosophical Hermeneutics,” at the 35th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, March 4-5, 2011 (held at the University of Memphis).

 Moderator for “Caring and Listening,” a panel held at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, November 12-14, 2010, Memphis, TN. Panelists included Mike Jostedt (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) and Adam C. Pelser, (Baylor University).

 Commentary on Jeanne Kusina’s “Perception, Memory and Time: A Reflection on Bergsonian Principles,” at the 29th annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 18- 19, 2005 in Memphis, TN., held at The University of Memphis.

Invited Presentations, Comments, and Recorded Talks

 Invited guest on Philosophy Bakes Bread, a radio show and podcast of the Society for Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). https://www.philosophersinamerica.com/philosophybakesbread/

 Invited comments on living with disability at “I Can’t Breathe: An Interactive Workshop Exploring Various Dimensions of Oppression,” an event hosted by the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma, September 2, 2015.

 “Gender and Moral Virtue in Kant’s Critique of Judgment: The Third Critique as a Template for Identifying Feminine Deficit” (co-authored with Eva M. Dadlez), a public presentation given before the Wichita State University Philosophy Colloquium, April 20, 2015.

 "The Relevance of French Existentialism to the Economic Crisis: An Absurd Monody," a public presentation given at the Fall 2011 Passport to France Program, sponsored by Passport UCO, September 8, 2011, at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Honors and Awards

 “Outstanding Lecturer” award in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma, 2017.

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- 9 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. 

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