Crary, Alice


Alice Crary

PhD, Philosophy, University of Pittsburg, 1999
AB, Harvard College, 1990


Associate Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:
Moral Philosophy; Wittgenstein; Philosophy and Literature; Feminism and Philosophy; Philosophy and Animals.

Alice Crary is a moral philosopher and the author of articles on moral philosophy (including issues in metaethics, moral psychology and normative ethics), philosophy and literature, animals and ethics, philosophy and cognitive disability, philosophy and feminism, as well as on figures such as Austin, Cavell, Diamond, Foot, Murdoch and Wittgenstein. She recently finished a book on the representation in ethics of human beings and animals (Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought, Harvard, 2016), and she is currently working on several new projects.

Crary is known for Beyond Moral Judgment (Harvard, 2007), which challenges received images of the nature and difficulty of moral thought by bringing out the moral dimension of all language. While finishing her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, she co-edited and wrote the introduction to the volume, The New Wittgenstein, which continues to influence debates over Wittgenstein's philosophy. Crary is a member of a number of international research groups devoted to subjects such as ordinary language philosophy, the rational aspirations of social criticism and feminism and philosophy.

Courses Taught:
  • The Turn Toward Virtue
  • Wittgenstein
  • Mind, Language and Reality
  • Philosophy and the Visual Arts
  • The Fate of the Novel
  • Philosophy and the Animal
  • Feminism and Philosophy
Recent Publications:


Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought (forthcoming Harvard, 2016)

Beyond Moral Judgment, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2007

Edited Volumes:

Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond (Cambridge, MIT Press, 2007)

Reading Cavell (New York, Routledge, 2006 (co-edited with Sanford Shieh)).

The New Wittgenstein (New York, Routledge, 2000 (co-edited with Rupert Read)).

Recent Articles:

“Freedom is for the Dogs,” in Martin G. Weiss and Hajo Greif, eds., Ethics – Society – Politics, De Gruyter, 2013

“W.G. Sebald and the Ethics of Narrative,” Constellations, Spring 2012.

“Dogs and Concepts,” Philosophy, April 2012.

“Minding What Already Matters: A Critique of Moral Individualism,” Philosophical Topics, Spring 2011.

“A Brilliant Perspective: Diamondian Ethics,” Philosophical Investigations, October 2011.

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