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Marilyn Fischer

Professor Emerita


College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


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  • Ph.D., Boston University


Dr. Fischer specialized in political philosophy and American pragmatism. She served as director of the Core Program, an integrated, interdisciplinary program through which students can fulfill most of their general education requirements. She is affiliated with the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, the North American Society for Social Philosophy and the Society for Women in Philosophy. Her research focuses on the philosophy of Jane Addams. Dr. Fischer is currently writing a three-volume set that examines Addams's writings chronologically throughout her adult life.

Faculty perspective

"I particularly enjoy working on interdisciplinary projects with fellow faculty members, especially in teaching innovative courses that cross disciplinary lines. The Core Program has been a great place to do this while working with enthusiastic, intellectually curious students. My research focuses on Jane Addams's philosophy, particularly her work on issues of multiculturalism, peace, and international understanding. Although she lived one hundred years ago, her message is most timely today."

Research interests

  • Jane Addams
  • American pragmatism
  • Democratic theory and transnationalism

Selected publications

Jane Addams's Evolutionary Theorizing: Constructing 'Democracy and Social Ethics.' University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy. Marilyn Fischer, Carol Nackenoff, and Wendy Chmielewsky, eds. University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Jane Addams's Writings on Peace. 4 volumes. Marilyn Fischer and Judy Whipps, eds. Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2003.

On Addams. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 2003.

Ethical Decision Making in Fund Raising. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000.