Jane Dryden | Mount Allison

Jane Dryden

Associate Professor (on sabbatical)


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 current research interests include 19th century German philosophy, feminist philosophy, and disability theory. Teaching interests include these, and also aesthetics, biomedical ethics, and the history of philosophy in general. She co-edited the 2011 collection Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book for the Wiley-Blackwell Pop Culture & Philosophy series, and is always happy to chat about philosophy and superheroes or pop culture more broadly. She is currently working on a book about the relationship between vulnerability and autonomy; you can get a little bit of a sense of that project in this interview here.

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


Scholarly Publications

"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, forthcoming 2013). (Volume of papers from Tenth Biennial Meeting of the North American Fichte Society)

“The Empirical I in Fichte’s System of Ethics,” Philosophy Today Vol. 52 No. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2008) (Volume of papers from Ninth Biennial Meeting of the North American Fichte Society).

Encyclopedia Entries

"Autonomy: Overview,"Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy(November 2010).

Recent Book Reviews

Review of Daniel Breazeale, Thinking Through the WissenschaftslehreSymposium: Journal of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy

Popular Publications

"The Power Ring of Green Lantern," with Mark D. White, Globe and Mail 22 June 2011: A15. (Op Ed)

"It's not easy being Green Lanterns," The Philosophers' Magazine, Issue 53 (2011), 96-99.

Green Lantern and Philosophy: Let No Evil Escape This Book, co-edited with Mark D. White. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


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 2018:

PHIL 1611 - Self, Society and Freedom

PHIL 3351 - Phenomenology and Existentialism

Winter 2019:

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Feminist Philosophy

PHIL 3711 - Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 4211 - Topics in Continental Philosophy: Philosophy of Bodies

Past courses:

Fall 2017:

PHIL 1611 - Self, Society and Freedom

PHIL 3991 - Kant's Practical Philosophy

Winter 2018:

PHIL 2401 - Introduction to Aesthetics

PHIL 3741 - Philosophy of Disability

Fall 2016:

PHIL 1611 - Self, Society and Freedom

PHIL 4111 - Topics in Moral, Social and Political Philosophy: Vulnerability and Embodiment

Winter 2017:

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Feminist Philosophy

PHIL 3991 - Phenomenology & Existentialism

Fall 2015: On sabbatical

Winter 2016:

PHIL 2401 - Introduction to Aesthetics

PHIL 3711 - Biomedical Ethics

Fall 2014:

PHIL 1611 - Self, Society, and Freedom

PHIL 3999 -Kant's Third Critique

Winter 2015:

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Feminist Philosophy

PHIL 4211 - Topics in Continental Philosophy: Foucault and Habermas

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