UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of May 2016: Tina Botts

Tina Botts

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

California State University, Fresno


profile4AOS: Philosophy of Law, Applied Ethics, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

I have a law degree from Rutgers University Law School, Camden and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis.

The general theme of my research is to philosophically interrogate existing legal, moral, and socio-political paradigms, and their underlying metaphysical and epistemological assumptions, to determine the extent to which these paradigms facilitate positive outcomes for the marginalized, oppressed, and subjugated.  Where a given paradigm is found lacking, I advocate alternative approaches or paradigm shifts designed to more fully protect these populations.

My publications include an edited anthology, Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience,  Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016; a philosophy journal article, “Legal Hermeneutics,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015;  three book chapters: (1) “Women of Color Feminisms,” written with Rosemarie Tong in the 4th edition of Feminist Thought, Westview Press, 2013, (2) “Hermeneutics, Race, and Gender,” in The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics,  Jeff Malpas, editor, 2014, and (3) “Multiracial Americans and Racial Discrimination,” in Race Policy and Multiracial Americans, Kathleen Korgen, editor, Polity Press, 2016; a law review article, “Antidiscrimination Law and the Multiracial Experience,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal,  Summer 2013; and two book reviews:  on Albert Atkin’s The Philosophy of Race, Acumen Publishing, 2012, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2013; and on Goswami and O’Donovan’s Why Race and Gender Still Matter, Pickering and Chatto, 2014, Hypatia Online Reviews, 2015.

I am currently at work on a monograph on the role of Aristotelian equality in equal protection law, The Concept of Race, Aristotle’s Proportional Equality, and Equal Protection Law, under contract with Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield; a textbook on feminist philosophy with Rosemarie Tong, Feminist Thought, 5th edition, for Westview Press; a book chapter, “The Concept of Intersectionality” for The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, Ann Garry, et al., editors; and three philosophy journal articles:  (1) “Boylan’s Agency Justification for Natural Human Rights and Group Rights,”  for The Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy, (2) “Natural Law Theory or Legal Interpretivism: The Mature Frederick Douglass’s Method of Constitutional Interpretation,” for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, and (3) “The Myth of Content of Neutrality: Hate Speech and Social Harm” for Ratio Juris.