Honors Program

Kate Wininger Ph.D

Professor of Philosophy
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Office Location

246 Luther Bonney, Portland Campus


Phone: (207) 780-4928


Professor Kathleen J. Wininger is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  She writes and publishes in the areas of late nineteenth and twentieth-century cultural philosophy.  She is the editor, with Robert Baker, of the 4th edition of Philosophy and Sex (Prometheus, 2008), she co-edited of the 3rd edition of  Philosophy and Sex (Prometheus, 1998).   She is the author of Friedrich Nietzsche's Reclamation of Philosophy (Rodopi, 1997)  and is currently working on a book on the African writer Bessie Head.   Her works include articles on ethical theory, Friedrich Nietzsche's moral and aesthetic theories, decolonization, and the ethical implications of European visual portrayal of colonized people.  She teaches courses related to Aesthetics, Gender/Sexuality, African Philosophy, and Women Thinkers in Africa and the Diaspora.  Prior to her present appointment, Dr. Wininger taught at Temple University, Earlham College and Villanova University in the United States.  A frequent visitor to Southern and Eastern Africa, she has taught courses in Philosophy and Women's Studies in Kenya at the University of Nairobi.

Recent Publications

Philosophy and Sex,  ed. Robert Baker and Kathleen J. Wininger.  4th edition, Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2009, 516 pages. ISBN-10: 1591026091, ISBN-13: 978-1591026099

"The Slippery Slopes of Pornography,”  Sex, Love, and Friendship. Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love.  Edited by Adrianne Leigh McEvoy. Amsterdam/New York,  NY 2011. XVI, 552 pp.  (Value Inquiry Book Series 232). ISBN: 978-90-420-3368-9  

Book Review (commissioned) Introducing Philosophy through Film: Key Texts, Discussion, and Film Selections ed. by Richard Fumerton and Diane Jeske for Teaching Philosophy, ed. by David Boersema Volume 34, Number 3, September 2011.

“The ‘Pinnacle of his Spirit’: Nietzsche and the Erotic”
 Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love


 “Disabled People,”  “Iris Marion Young,” and “Postcolonialism.” "1000 words," "1000 words," "1500 words," respectively.  Encyclopedia of Global Justice.  Deen Chatterjee, ed. Springer, 1st Edition, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4020-9161-22011

“African Sustainability: Agriculture as Metaphor and Survival in the writings of Bessie Head and Wangari Maathai,”  in Session African Memoirs and Autobiographies, Staying Alive: African Women’s Memoirs and Exile at the 37th Annual African Literature Association Conference in Athens, OH (USA) at Ohio University April 13-17, 2011.