School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

LENNON, Prof. Kathleen

BA (Kent), BPhil (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)


Kathleen Lennon

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Phone: +44(0)1482 465995
Office: Wilberforce 111
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Kathleen Lennon’s current research areas are the imagination, philosophy of embodiment, phenomenology, (particularly the work of Merleau-Ponty,) Gender Theory and Old Age.  She has recently written papers on Merleau- Ponty and Wittgenstein on expression, the war Portraits of Henry Tonks, De Beauvoir on Aging, Judith Butler and Sartre, Aesthetic Surgery, the Metaphysics of Sex Difference, and Merleau-Ponty and the new materialism. Her most recent books are the monograph Imagination and the Imaginary  (Routledge 2015)  and the co-edited Embodied Selves, Palgrave 2012. She is currently working on the second edition of Theorising Gender and a monograph on Old Age, co-authored with Paul Gilbert.

Kathleen was a founder member of, and remains actively involved in, the Hull Centre for Gender Studies and the UK branch of the Society for Women in Philosophy.

Selected Publications

Books Authored

  • Imagination and the Imaginary. London and New York, Routledge 2015
  • The World, the Flesh and the Subject: Continental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and body,  co authored with Paul Gilbert, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press  2005
  • Theorizing Gender, co-authored with Rachel Alsop and Annette FitzSimons. Cambridge, Polity , 2002 (new edition forthcoming 2016)
  • Philosophy of Mind, co-authored with Steve Burwood and Paul Gilbert, London,  Taylor and Francis, 1998
  • Explaining Human Action, London, Duckworth 1990

Books Edited

  • Embodied Selves with Stella Gonzalez Arnal and Gill Jagger, Palgrave 2012
  • Knowing the Difference; Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology, with Margaret Whitford, London, Routledge, 1994
  • Reduction, Explanation and Realism,with David Charles, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992

Papers in Academic Journals

  • ‘Expression and Imagination’ Ratio July 2011
  • ‘Re-enchanting the World; The role of Imagination in Perception’ Philosophy  vol. 85 no 33 July 2010
  • 'Making life Livable' Radical Philosophy November 2006
  • 'Imagination and the Imaginary’  Inquiry  March 2004
  • ‘Naturalising and Interpretive turns in Epistemology’ International Journal of Philosophical Studies   Nov 2003
  • ‘Naturalism and Normativity’ Philosophical Explorations  July 2000
  • ‘Local Epistemologies’  Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society SV.1997
  • ‘Gender and Knowledge’, Journal of Gender Studies, (1995)
  • ‘Anti-Reductionist Materialism’, Inquiry 27, 1984, p 363-80.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Biology and the Metaphysics of Sex Difference’ in Embodied Selves, ed. Stella Gonzalez Arnal, Gill Jagger, and Kathleen Lennon, Palgrave 2012
  • ‘Introduction’ in Knowing the Difference; Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology, ed. Kathleen Lennon and  Margaret Whitford, London, Routledge, 1994
  • ‘Introduction’ and  ‘Reduction, Causality and Normativity’ in Reduction, Explanation and Realism, with David Charles, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992,

Encyclopaedia entries:

  • ‘Feminism Perspectives on the Body’  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • ‘Feminism and Philosophy’ Historical  Encyclopedia of British Philosophy ed A.C.Grayling , A.Pyle and N.Goulder,  (Thoemmes Continuum  2006)
  • ‘Feminist Epistemology’ Handbook of Epistemology   ed I.Niiniluoto, M.Sintonen, J. Wolenski. Kluwer 2004
  • ‘Feminism and Natural Science’ Blackwell’s Companion to Feminist Philosophy , ed. A.Jagger and I.Young, Blackwells, 1997
  • ‘Reasons’ Blackwell's Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, ed. S.Guttenplan, Blackwells, 1994


  • Imagination
  • Expression
  • Philosophy of embodiment,
  • Phenomenology
  • Merleau-Ponty
  • De Beauvoir
  • Gender Theory
  • Old Age


PhD Supervision

Kathleen Lennon  is supervising/has recently supervised PhD. theses on Heidegger and Davidson on Truth; De Beauvoir and Marx;  Wittgenstein and Phenomenology; Grayson Perry and Class,; Levinas, Subjectivity, Affect and Desire; Heidegger and Subjectivity; and Abjection and Disability.

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