Iris Marion Young

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Iris Marion Young (born January 2, 1949 in New York City , † August 1, 2006 ) was the professor of political science at the University of Chicago , which was connected to a gender studies center and a human rights program .


Young received his PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1974 . Before she was appointed to the University of Chicago, she taught political theory at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh for nine years . Before that, she held teaching positions at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Miami . In the 1995 summer semester, Young held a visiting professorship at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main . Foreign scholarships have taken her to universities and institutes around the world, including Princeton University , the Human Sciences Institute in Vienna , the Australian National University and South Africa (via the Human Sciences Research Council ). Her main research interests were contemporary political theory , feminist social theory and normative policy field analysis .

Young died of esophageal cancer on August 1, 2006 .


Her numerous publications have been translated into various languages, including German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish, and found in the art, lively reception . Young's contributions to academic teaching were considered broad and included a. Theory of Justice , Democratic Differentiation, Feminist Political Theory, European Political Theory ( Michel Foucault , Jürgen Habermas ), Ethnology and International Relations and Gender .

Fonts (selection)

  • Justice and the Politics of Difference (Princeton University Press, 1990)
  • Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory (Indiana University Press, 1990)
  • Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy, and Policy (Princeton University Press, 1997)
  • Inclusion and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Global challenges. War, Self-Determination and Responsibility for Justice (Polity Press, 2007)


  • Between Democracy and Global Responsibility: Iris Marion Young's Theory of Political Normativity , Peter Niesen (ed.) (Nomos, 2013)