Crary, Alice

Crary  Alice

Alice Crary

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1999

BA, Harvard University, 1990

Associate Professor

Alice Crary is a moral philosopher best known for Beyond Moral Judgment (Harvard, 2007) which addresses the moral dimension of 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. Her interests include moral philosophy, Wittgenstein, philosophy and literature, feminism and philosophy, and philosophy and animals. Crary is currently finishing a book on humans, animals, and ethics titled Inside Ethics. Crary is a member of a number of international research groups devoted to subjects such as feminist philosophy and ordinary language philosophy.
Courses Taught:

The Turn Toward Virtue


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 (expected completion 2013)

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.

Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, Room 1115
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:


On sabbatical 2013–14


Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5707 ext.3074


Research Interests:


Moral Philosophy


Philosophy and Literature

Feminism and Philosophy

Philosophy and Animals

Philosophy of Mind/Language



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