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Elizabeth Jeanne Barnes

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Philosophy
Office location and address
111 Cocke Hall
20 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
PhD, University of St. Andrews (2006)
MLitt, University of St. Andrews (2004)
BA (Philosophy), Davidson College (2003)
Biography

I'm Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia in beautiful Charlottesville, Va. My research interests are divided between metaphysics, social philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics. I'm particularly interested in the places where these topics overlap. I recently wrote a book on disability, and I'm also thinking a lot about the metaphysics of social structures.

PHIL 2500: Survey on a Philosophical Topic
Credits: 3
A lecture series on the various topics central to Philosophy.
PHIL 2640: Rational Choice and Happiness
Credits: 3
In this class, we will examine philosophical puzzles about our ability to make rational choices that affect or determine our own happiness. How can we rationally decide to undergo a significant experience - such as having a child or moving to a new country - when have no way of knowing what that experience will be like? How can we rationally choose to make decisions about our future?
PHIL 3500: Seminar in Philosophy
Credits: 3
Topics change from semester to semester and year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 3800: Feminist Philosophy
Credits: 3
In this class, we'll first examine the question 'What is gender?' Then we'll look at ways in which gender can interact with traditional philosophical topics, including epistemology, philosophy of language, political philosophy, etc.
PHIL 3810: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
Credits: 3
In this class, we'll be talking about philosophical issues at the intersection of sexuality, sexual experience, and gender experience. What is sexual consent? What is the relationship between sexual consent and sexual morality? What is sexual orientation, and what is its relationship to sex and gender? Is there such a thing as biological sex? Is there a difference between sex and gender?
PHIL 4995: Directed Reading and Research
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 4999: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 7570: Seminar on a Metaphysics Topic
Credits: 3
A seminar on the nature of being and the world
PHIL 8995: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.