Jane Dryden | Mount Allison

Jane Dryden

Associate Professor
Hart Hall 104


Dr. Jane Dryden received her PhD at Fordham University in 2008, after completing her BA at the University of Toronto (University College) in 2002. Her dissertation worked to connect feminist work on relational autonomy with the ideas of freedom and interdependency found in German Idealism (Fichte and Hegel). Her research interests include 19th century German philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of disability. Teaching interests include these, and also aesthetics, biomedical ethics, and the history of philosophy in general.

Personal website which has links to some of her research work: janedryden.weebly.com


Relatively Recent Publications

2021. “Food Choices and Gut Issues,” special issue of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, “Feminism and Food,” vol. 7 no. 3 (September).   

2021. “Hegel’s Anthropology: Transforming the Body,” in Hegel’s Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences: A Critical Guide, edited by Sebastian Stein and Joshua Wretzel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press): 127-147. 

2021. “Disabled Bodies as ‘Instigators for Change’: Imagining Another World,” essay in Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance exhibition catalogue, Owens Art Gallery: 45-59. 

2018. "Guest Editor's Introduction, Philosophy and its Borders," Dialogue 57 (2): 203-216.  (Link to published version of Dialogue intro here.)

"Digestion, Habit, and Being at Home: Hegel and the Gut as Ambiguous Other," PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture vol. 11 no. 2 (2016): 1-22.

“Hegel, Feminist Philosophy, and Disability: Rereading our History,” Disability Studies Quarterly vol. 33 no. 4 (October 2013); special issue on “Improving Feminist Philosophy and Theory by Taking Account of Disability,” edited by Shelley Tremain.

“Embodiment and Vulnerability in Fichte and Hegel,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. 52 no. 1 (March 2013): 109-128.

“Evil and Moral Responsibility in J.G. Fichte’s The Vocation of Man,” in Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Interpretative and Critical Essays, edited by Daniel Breazeale (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013). (Volume of papers from Tenth Biennial Meeting of the North American Fichte Society)


Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Ph.D. Degree conferred May, 2008.

Dissertation Title: Relational Autonomy: Bridging a Gap Between Feminism and German Idealism

Director: Dr. Michael Baur

M.A. Degree conferred in course, 2005

University of Toronto (University College) Toronto, Ontario

B.A., Philosophy Degree conferred, with High Distinction, 2002


Fall 2022:

PHIL 1611 – Self, Society, and Freedom
HLTH 1001 – Health and Society

Winter 2023:

PHIL 2301 – Feminist Philosophy
PHIL 3351 – Phenomenology and Existentialism
PHIL 4111 – Seminar: Relational Autonomy

Grants, awards & honours

SSHRC Connections Grant for “Philosophy and its Borders” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy conference at Mount Allison University, 2016-2017; Co-Investigators Dr. Anna Mudde (U. of Regina) and Dr. Sylvia Burrow (Cape Breton U).

J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award in the Faculty of Arts, Mount Allison, 2012