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Elizabeth Brake
  • 2007-2008 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Elizabeth Brake is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Andrews in 1999. Her areas of specialization include ethics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy and literature. Professor Brake is the recipient of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant for 2005-2008. She is currently writing a book-length manuscript entitled “Defending ‘Minimal Marriage’: Marriage, Ethics and the Law.”


  • “Fatherhood and Child Support: Do Men Have a Right to Choose?,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (2005) 55-73.
  • “Justice and Virtue in Kant’s Account of Marriage,” Kantian Review 9 (2005)58-94.
  • “Hegel” and “Kant,” in Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, ed. Alan Soble (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005).
  • “Rawls and Feminism: What Should Feminists Make of Liberal Neutrality?,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2004) 295-312.
  • “Responsibility, Paternity, and the Costs of Rearing Children: Do Abortion Rights Undermine Child Support Obligations?,” Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (Beihefte), Part 1: Justice (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004) 211-218.
  • “A Liberal Response to Catharine MacKinnon,” Southwest Philosophical Studies 22 (2001).
  • “Love’s Paradox: Hegel’s Account of Marriage,” Women’s Philosophy Review, Special Issue on Hegel (journal of U.K. Society of Women in Philosophy, 2000).
  • “Marriage, Influence and Deception in Merchant Ivory’s Adaptations of The Europeans and The Bostonians,” in: Henry James on the Stage and Screen, ed. John Bradley (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000).

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