full list of publications

Full list of publications

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* = peer-reviewed


Chambers, Clare, Intact: The Unmodified Body (Allen Lane / Penguin, 2022).
Reviewed in:
Times Literary Supplement (2022)
I News (2022)
The Times (2022)
–Unherd (2022)
-The New Statesman (2022)
Journal of Value Inquiry (forthcoming)
La Repubblica (2022)
Metro (2022)

*Chambers, Clare, Freedom & Equality: Essays on Liberalism and Feminism (Oxford University Press, under contract)

*Chambers, Clare, Brian D. Earp, and Lori Watson (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality (Routledge, 2022).

* Chambers, Clare, Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (Oxford University Press, 2017). 226 pages.
Winner of the 2018 David Easton Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
Reviewed in:
Ethics (January 2019)

Political Theory (May 2018)
Fabian Review (May 2018)
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (February 2018)
Metapsychology Online Reviews (twice: January 2018; February 2018)
Featured in:
The Guardian (June 2018)
–The American Conservative (April 2018)
–Times of India (April 2018)
–Association for Political Theory (USA) new books (April 2018)
Journal for the History of Ideas Blog (April 2018)
–Danny Reviews (March 2018)
–HEPPAS books (25th September 2017)

Chambers, Clare and Phil Parvin, Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (Hodder, 2012). 324 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, Sex, Culture and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State University Press, 2008). 294 pages.
Reviewed in:
–Times Higher Education Supplement (20th March 2008)
–Philosophy (Vol. 84 No. 1, 2009)
–Feminist Review (91, 2009)
–Res Publica (2009)
–Feminist Theory (Vol. 10, 2009)
–Perspectives on Politics (Vol. 8 No 1, 2010)

Policy reports

Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Cosmetic Procedures (Chambers a member), Cosmetic Procedures: Ethical Issues (Nuffield Council on Bioethics, June 2017), approx. 200 pages.

Articles and chapters

*Chambers, Clare, “Making Inequality Visible Without Making it Worse” in Social Policy & Philosophy (forthcoming)
*Chambers, Clare, “Conscience and Context” in Thom Brooks (ed.), Political Emotions: Towards a Decent Public Sphere (Palgrave, 2022)
Chambers, Clare, Brian D. Earp and Lori Watson, “Introduction” to Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality (Routledge, 2022)

Chambers, Clare, “Re-Reading Theory of Justice” in Polity (online first, August 2021)

*Chambers, Clare, “Respect, Religion, and Feminism: Comments on Lori Watson and Christie Hartley, Equal Citizenship and Public Reason: A Feminist Political Liberalism in Journal of Applied Philosophy (September 2020)

Chambers, Clare, “Sex, Money, and Luck in Sport” in Journal of Medical Ethics Vol. 46 No. 9 (2020)

*Earp, Brian D., Clare Chambers, et al, “Medically unnecessary genital cutting and the child’s right to bodily integrity: an international expert consensus statement” in American Journal of Bioethics (2019).

*Chambers, Clare, “Medicalised genital cutting and the limits of choice” in Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Interdisciplinary Analysis and Solution, edited by Sarah Creighton and Lih-Mei Lao (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

*Chambers, Clare, “Reasonable Disagreement and the Neutralist Dilemma: Abortion and circumcision in Matthew Kramer’s Liberalism with Excellence” in The American Journal of Jurisprudence (May 2018)

*Chambers, Clare, “Feminism and Liberalism” in Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader and Alison Stone (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy (Routledge, 2017) pp. 652-664, 13 pages.
–Book cited in The New York Times (2017)
Reviewed in Hypatia Reviews Online (2018). “The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy presents an exciting, comprehensive, and original pluralist presentation of feminist philosophy that is a much-needed update to existing feminist philosophy companions. Students, scholars, independent researchers, and departments interested in feminism and philosophy would do well to make sure they have access to this volume, and it should be a relevant resource for years to come.”

*Chambers, Clare, “Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble” in Jacob T. Levy (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory (Oxford University Press, online first 2017) no page numbers, 20 pages.

Chambers, Clare and Richard Marshall, “Sex, Culture, Justice” in Richard Marshall (ed.), Ethics at 3:AM: Questions and Answers on How to Live Well (Oxford University Press, 2017) pp. 296-303, 8 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Judging Women: Twenty-five Years Further Toward a Feminist Theory of the State” in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 3 No. 2 (2017). Symposium on Catharine MacKinnon’s book Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, with response by MacKinnon pp. 1-21, 21 pages.

Chambers, Clare, “Ideology and Normativity” in Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 91 No. 1 (2017) pp. 175-195, 21 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “The Limitations Of Contract: Regulating Personal Relationships In A Marriage-Free State” in Elizabeth Brake (ed.) After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships (Oxford University Press, 2016) pp. 51-83, 33 pages.
–The book is “strenuously avant-garde”. The New York Times (5th April 2016).
–Chambers’ chapter is “sobering and refreshing”.  Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2nd May 2016).
–Chambers, “one of the best-known advocates” of the claim that marriage should not be recognised by the state, contributes a “nuanced and lucid” chapter that is “among the most interesting contributions in the volume.”  Hypatia (2017)

Chambers, Clare, “The Marriage-Free State” in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society CXIII No. 2 (2013) pp. 123-143, 21 pages.
–Reviewed in Philosophical Dispositions blog (2015)

*Chambers, Clare, “ “The Family as a Basic Institution:” A Feminist Analysis of the Basic Structure as Subject” in Ruth Abbey (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Rawls (Penn State University Press, 2013) pp. 75-95, 21 pages.
–“All these essays are lively feminist engagements with problems of social justice.” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (22nd September 2014)
–“This is an extensive and very important collection that covers both the feminist potential of Rawls’s theory and the major trends in liberal feminism.” Catherine Audard, London School of Economics
–“This volume provides readers with a series of diverse, refreshingly open-minded, and very insightful feminist perspectives on the works of John Rawls. The essays are impressive on their own. Together they expand the parameters of feminist philosophy.” Marion Smiley, Brandeis University

*Chambers, Clare, “Feminism” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, edited by Michael Freeden, Lyman Tower Sargent, and Marc Stears (Oxford University Press, 2013) pp. 562-582, 21 pages.
–The book is “innovative and much needed… I am not aware of a more accurate reference book, at least in the English language, in Ideology Studies” Political Studies Review (9th April 2015)
–“This is a landmark volume… By all accounts, the volume achieves its objective.” International Affairs 90 No. 1 (2014)

*Chambers, Clare and Phil Parvin, “What Kind Of Dialogue Do We Need? Gender, Deliberative Democracy And Comprehensive Values” in Jude Browne (ed.) Dialogue, Politics and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2013) pp. 198-226, 29 pages.
–The book is an “important intervention into the ongoing conversation about gender and politics.” Perspectives in Politics Vol. 3 No. 3 (September 2015).
–“A model for edited collections, and enormously useful … There isn’t a single weak essay.” Contemporary Political Theory (2015).

*Chambers, Clare, “Each outcome is another opportunity” in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) Vol. 8 No. 4 (2009) pp. 1-27, 27 pages.

*Chambers, Clare and Phil Parvin, “Coercive redistribution and public agreement: re-evaluating the libertarian challenge of charity” in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) Vol. 12 No. 4 (2009) and Matt Matravers and Lukas Meyer (eds.), Democracy, Equality, and Justice (Routledge, 2009) pp. 93-114, 22 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Inclusivity and the constitution of the family” in Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2009, 1) pp. 135-52, 17 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Gender” in Catriona McKinnon (ed.) Issues in Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd 2011; 3rd ed. 2015; 4th ed. in production), pp. 265-288, 24 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Torture as an evil: Response to Claudia Card” in Criminal Law and Philosophy Vol. 2 No. 1 (January 2008) pp. 17-20, 4 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Masculine domination, radical feminism and change” in Feminist Theory 6 No. 3 (December 2005) pp. 325-346, 22 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Autonomy and equality in cultural perspective: Response to Sawitri Saharso” in Feminist Theory 5 No. 3 (December 2004) pp. 329-32, 3 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Are breast implants better than female genital mutilation? Autonomy, gender equality and Nussbaum’s political liberalism” in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) Vol. 7 No. 3 (Autumn 2004) pp. 1-33, 33 pages.
Chosen as part of the Taylor and Francis Women in Philosophy collection at http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/women-in-philosophy#23948

*Chambers, Clare, “Nation-building, Neutrality and Ethnocultural Justice: Kymlicka’s ‘Liberal Pluralism’” in Ethnicities 3 No. 3 (September 2003) pp. 295-319, 25 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “All must have prizes: the liberal case for intervention in cultural practices” in Paul Kelly (ed.) Multiculturalism Reconsidered: Culture and Equality and its Critics (Polity Press, 2002) pp. 151-73, 23 pages.

Shorter pieces for wider audiences

Chambers, Clare, “Clare Chambers, author of Intact” in Josephine Greywoode (ed.), Why We Read: 70 Writers on Non-Fiction (Penguin Books, 2022).
Chambers, Clare, and Jack Maden “A Defence of the Unmodified Body: Clare Chambers interview” on Philosophy Break (April 2022) at https://philosophybreak.com/articles/a-defense-of-the-unmodified-body-clare-chambers-interview/
Chambers, Clare and John C. Brady, “Intact Bodies: The Ambivalence of The Natural and The Normal – John C. Brady in Conversation with Clare Chambers” in Epoché magazine (February 2022) at https://epochemagazine.org/49/intact-bodies-the-ambivalence-of-the-natural-and-the-normal/
Chambers, Clare, “The Political Power of Your Body” on iai News (11 February 2022) at https://iai.tv/articles/the-political-power-of-your-body-auid-2049
Chambers, Clare, “Intact: A Defence of the Unmodified Body” for Faculty of Philosophy Newsletter (2022)
Chambers, Clare, “Rethinking the Body” in Amol Rajan (ed.), Rethink: How We Can Make a Better World (BBC, 2021)

Chambers, Clare, “Stay at home. Save lives. Protect the NHS” in Nuffield Council on Bioethics blog (7th April 2020) at https://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/blog/stay-at-home-save-lives-protect-the-nhs

Chambers, Clare, “Marriage is an unequal institution that belongs in the past” in The New Statesman (2nd August 2019).

Chambers, Clare, and Nicole Souter, “Feminism, Marriage, and Choice: An Interview with Clare Chambers” in The Philosopher 107 No. 2 (2019).

Chambers, Clare, “Blending in and standing out: Comfort and visibility in beauty practices” in Beauty Demands blog (2018)

Chambers, Clare, “Against Marriage” in Aeon (2018).

Chambers, Clare, “Time to abandon marriage?” in Times Literary Supplement (2017). Part of the TLS Ethical Angles Series.

Chambers, Clare, “Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State” in University of Cambridge Faculty of Philosophy Annual Newsletter (2017).

Chambers, Clare, contribution to “Philosophers on the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling” in Daily Nous (2015).

Chambers, Clare “Liberal views” in The Philosophers’ Magazine Issue 61, 1st Quarter (2014). http://www.pdcnet.org/tpm/content/tpm_2014_0064_0080_0085

Chambers, Clare, “Cosmetic Surgery, Culture, and Choice” in UK Feminista Thinkpiece series (2012).

Review essays and book reviews

Chambers, Clare, Review of Angela Willey, Undoing Monogamy (Duke University Press, 2016) in International Feminist Journal of Politics 19 No. 2 (2017) pp. 407-409. 3 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Shlomi Segall, “Equality and Opportunity” (Oxford University Press, 2013) in Ethics 126 No. 3 (April 2016) pp. 851-856. 6 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Anne Phillips, Our Bodies, Whose Property? (Princeton University Press, 2012) in Political Theory 43 No. 1 (February 2015) pp. 111-118, 8 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of G. A. Cohen, Lectures in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy in Philosophical Quarterly 65 (258) (January 2015) pp. 106-108, 3 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Nancy Hirschmann, Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2008) in Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 No. 1 (2010) pp. 145-147, 3 pages.

*Chambers, Clare, “Assessing Equality”: review of Chris Armstrong, Rethinking Equality: The Challenge of Equal Citizenship (Manchester University Press, 2006) and Stuart White, Equality (Polity Press, 2007) in Res Publica (2008) pp. 141-4, 4 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Anne Phillips, Multiculturalism without Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007) in British Journal of Sociology (2008) pp. 380-382, 3 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Catharine MacKinnon, Are Women Human? And other international dialogues (Harvard University Press, 2006) in Ethics and International Affairs 21 No. 2 (Summer 2007) pp. 261-263, 3 pages.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Seyla Benhabib, The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era (Princeton University Press, 2002) in Political Studies Review 2 No. 1 (January 2004) p. 51, 1 page.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Nancy J. Hirschmann, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom (Princeton University Press, 2003) in Political Studies Review 1 No. 3 (September 2003) p. 373, 1 page.

Chambers, Clare, Review of Will Kymlicka and Magda Opalski, Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported? Western political theory and ethnic relations in Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2001) in Political Studies 50 No. 5 (December 2002) p. 988, 1 page.