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Ranjoo Seodu Herr

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992
B.L., B.A. , Seoul National University, 1988
Office: Morison Hall 225 | 781.891._2627 |
Department Phone: 781.891._2240 | Department Fax: 781.891.2324

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Topics of my research intersect the sub-disciplines of Political, Feminist, and Comparative Philosophy, encompassing the four major themes of multiculturalism, nationalism, democracy, and feminism. Underlying these various topics is the common research agenda of constructing a communitarian position on cultural pluralism at both global and domestic levels that would promote genuine global cooperation and lasting global peace. The central theme is the critical importance of democracy for nations all over the world. Democracy is a political system predicated on the fundamental idea that the exercise of political power must arise from the collective decisions of the equal members of society who are governed by that power. In my articles, I show that societies that are traditionally and currently communitarian and “nonliberal” can be democratic in their own culturally specific ways if their members are enabled to participate equally in their political and cultural processes. Genuine global cooperation and lasting global peace can be possible only when members of democratic nations and their internal political decisions are conferred equal respect by other members of the international community.

Teaching Interests

Global Justice/Globalization, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Theory, Environment/ Consumption, Business Ethics, East Asian Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy

Research Interests

Political Philosophy (Democracy, Human Rights, Nationalism, Multiculturalism), Third World Feminism, Ethics, Comparative Philosophy (East Asia/West)

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
Society for Women in Philosophy

Awards and Honors

2010, NEH Summer Seminar Grant , National Endowment for the Humanities
2008, Bentley Dean's International Travel Fund, Bentley
2007, Bentley College Center for Arts and Sciences Fellow (2007-08)
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Bentley Publication Award
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Bentley Summer Research Grant
1998, The Korea Research Foundation (Hankuk Haksul Jinheung Jaedan) Grant
1996, The Best Article of the Year Award, the Korean Association of Philosophical Studies.
1995, The Article of the Year Award (Woo-Am prize) offered by the American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)


Journal Articles
Herr, R. S. (2014). Reclaiming Third World Feminism: Or Why Transnational Feminism Needs Third World Feminism. Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 12 (1), 1–30.

Herr, R. S. (2012). Confucian Family for a Feminist Future . Asian Philosophy, 22 (4 ), 327-346. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2010). Confucian Democracy and Equality. Asian Philosophy, 20 (3), 261–282. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2010). Agency without Autonomy: Valuational Agency. Journal of Global Ethics , 6 (3), 239–254. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2009). Democracy in Decent Nonliberal Nations: A Defense. Philosophical Forum, 40 (3), 309-337. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Politics of Difference and Nationalism: On Iris Young's Global Vision. Hypatia, 23 (3), 39-59. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Philosopher's Contribution to the Empowerment of Local Practitioners:A Response to Christine Koggel. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 46, 131-37. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Cultural Claims and the Limits of Liberal Democracy. Social Theory and Practice, 34 (1), 25-48. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2007). Liberal Presumptions: A Response to Curtis. Political Theory, 35 (3), pp. 341-47. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2007). Liberal Multiculturalism: An Oxymoron? Philosophical Forum, 38 (1), 23-41. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2006). In Defense of Non-liberal Nationalism. Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, 34 (3), 304-327. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2004). A Third World Feminist Defense of Multiculturalism. Social Theory and Practice: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Philosophy, 30 (1), 73-103. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2003). The Possibility of Nationalist Feminism. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 18 (3), 135-160. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2003). Is Confucianism Compatible with Care Ethics?: A Critique Philosophy East & West: A Quarterly of Comparative Philosophy, 53 (4), 471-489. (link)

Herr, R. S. (1999). Rawlsian Liberalism and Challenges from Contemporary Ethical theories. Journal of Philosophical Studies (Korean publication), 46 (Fall), pp. 217-244.

Herr, R. S., Kim, H. (1999). Confucianism and Contemporary Perspectives in Western Ethics . Philosophy (Korean publication), 61 (Winter), 319-350.

Herr, R. S. (1995). Is Cultural Diversity Compatible with Feminism: Confucianism and the Women's Cause. Journal of American Studies (Korean publication), 27 (December), 153-170.

Herr, R. S. (1994). Why Procedural Principles are Preferable to Substantive Principles. Philosophy (Korean publication), 42 (Autumn), 355-384.

Herr, R. S. (1994). Should We Treat Animals Morally? (in Korean) Philosophy and Reality, 249-275.

Herr, R. S. (1993). Procedural Autonomy. Philosophy (Korean publication), 40 (Autumn), 92-114.

Herr, R. S. (1993). Feminism and Autonomy (in Korean). Philosophy and Reality , 227-242.

Gilligan, C, Herr, R. S. (1997). Darun Moksoriro (Korean translation of In a Different Voice). Seoul, South Korea: Dong-Nyuk Pubishing Company.

Book Chapters
Herr, R. S. (2015). Can Transnational Feminist Solidarity Accommodate Nationalism?. In Elora Chowdhury and Liz Philipose (Eds.), Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism and the Possibility of Transnational Solidarities. University of Illinois Press

Herr, R. S. (2014). Confucian Family-State and Women: A Proposal for Confucian Feminism. In Ashley Butnor, Jen McWeeny (Eds.), Liberating Traditions: Essays in Feminist Comparative Philosophy.  (pp. 261–282). N.Y., N.Y. : . Columbia UP

Herr, R. S. (2013). Third World, Transnational, and Global Feminisms. In Patrick Mason (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Racism Vol.4 (second ed.) (pp. 190-195). Routledge

Herr, R. S. (2013). ‘Comfort Women’ and Japan’s National Responsibility. In Melissa Nobles and Jun-Hyeok Kwak (Eds.), Historical Reconciliation and Inherited Responsibility. Routledge

Herr, R. S. (2010). Confucianism's Political Implications for the Modern World. In Miguel Vatter (Eds.), Crediting God: The Fate of Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Capitalism. . Bronx, N.Y.: . Fordham University Press (link)

Herr, R. S. (2006). A Third World Feminist Defense of Multiculturalism (trans. into Chinese). In Will Kymlicka, Depu Ma (Eds.), Collected Works in Sino-Western Political Culture, Vol. 5. . Tianjin, China: . Tianjin People's Press (link)

Herr, R. S. (2005). Reflections on Euthanasia (in Korean). Happy Blue Jeans: Is “Happy” Life Good Life? (pp. 86-102). Seoul, S.Korea: . Woong-Jin Co

Herr, R. S. (1996). Overcoming 'Femininity' and 'Masculinity' (in Korean). Philosophy and Emotion  (pp. 175-212). Seoul: . Mineum Publishing Co

Herr, R. S. (1995). Reflections on Euthanasia (in Korean). In C.H. Kim (Eds.), Do I Know the Truth?  (pp. 217-239). Seoul, S.Korea: . Woong-Jin Co

Herr, R. S. (1995). Justice and Care (in Korean). Justice and the Contemporary World  (pp. 314-342). Seoul, S. Korea: . Philosophy and Reality Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). The Procedure of 'Intentionalization' (in Korean). Social Development and the Aim of Philosophy  (pp. 523-540). Taegu: . Imun Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). Inconsistency in the Notion of Deontological Autonomy (in Korean). Reflections on Social Contract  (pp. 337-360). Seoul: . Philosophy and Reality Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). A Feminist Challenge to L. Kohlberg's Moral Development Theory (in Korean). Major Issues in Social Philosophy III  (pp. 328-352). Seoul: . Mineum Co


University Service
Committee Member for Valente Center Advisory Board, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Research Committee, 2010 - 2011
Committee Member for Academic Standards Committee, 2008 - 2011
Committee Member for Bentley International Film Series Organization Committee , 2006 - 2011
Committee Member for Faculty Nominations Committee , 2006 - 2011

Professional Service
Committee Chair for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee, 2013 - 2015
Committee Member for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee, 2012 - 2013
Committee Member for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee, 2010 - 2011
Reviewer, Journal Article for DAO: A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY , 2010 - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of International Political Theory , 2010 - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for American Political Science Review , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Hypatia , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Philosophy East & West , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Social Theory and Practice , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Women’s Studies International Forum, 2008 - 2008