Elizabeth Secor Anderson (born 5 December 1959) is an American philosopher. She is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and is a notable American philosopher specializing in moral and political philosophy. Anderson is currently the chair of the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy.
Anderson received a B.A. with high honors in philosophy with a minor in economics from Swarthmore College in 1981. In 1987 Anderson completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University. She was a visiting instructor of philosophy at Swarthmore College 1985–86 and took up a position at the University of Michigan in 1987. She was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies 1993–1999 and was promoted to professor in 1999. In 1994, she was named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor to recognize her dedication to undergraduate education with a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of her students. In 2005 she was named John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, and in 2013 the John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. Anderson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. In 2013, Anderson received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her work. Anderson was named a Progress Medal Laureate in February 2018 by the Society for Progress for her book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It).
Anderson's book The Imperative of Integration, was winner of the American Philosophical Association's 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award, for "an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences." She is also author of Value in Ethics and Economics, and dozens of articles.
Anderson is married to David R. Jacobi, a medical doctor practicing in Detroit, Michigan. The couple has two children.
Anderson, Elizabeth (1993). Value in ethics and economics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN9780674931909.
Anderson, Elizabeth (2013). Imperative of integration. S.l: Princeton Univ Press. ISBN9780691158112.
Anderson, Elizabeth (2017). Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN9780691176512.
Chapters in books
Anderson, Elizabeth S. (2000). "Contribution". In Kleindienst, Thérèse (ed.). Le livre et l'art: études offertes en hommage à Pierre Lelièvre. Villeurbanne Paris: Presses de l'Enssib Somogy. ISBN9782850564055.
Anderson, Elizabeth S. (2005). "Feminist epistemology: an interpretation and a defense". In Cudd, Ann E.; Andreasen, Robin O. (eds.). Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology. Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 188–209. ISBN9781405116619.
Anderson, Elizabeth S. (2010). "Justifying the capabilities approach to justice". In Robeyns, Ingrid; Brighouse, Harry (eds.). Measuring justice: primary goods and capabilities. Cambridge England New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 81–100. ISBN9780521711470.
Anderson, Elizabeth S. (April 2001). "Symposium on Amartya Sen's philosophy: unstrapping the straitjacket of 'preference': a comment on Amartya Sen's contributions to philosophy and economics". Economics and Philosophy. 17 (1): 21–38. doi:10.1017/S0266267101000128.