I am an associate professor in the department of philosophy at Bilkent University. I work on the history of moral and political philosophy, ancient (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics), Medieval (Heloise, Christine de Pizan), early modern (Cavendish) and Eighteenth Century (Wollstonecraft, Sophie de Grouchy, Olympe de Gouges, Marie-Jeanne Roland). I also work on contemporary social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on the capability approach and feminism. I am an active member of the Recovery Project and recently translated Sophie de Grouchy's Lettres sur la Sympathie into English.
I teach feminist philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, and have taught aesthetics, ancient philosophy, intro to philosophy. I aim in my teaching to present a less skewed view of what it is to be a philosopher by offering a more varied list of readings.
My latest research project is a philosophical study of domesticity, in which I review the arguments of women philosophers of the past in the hope that they will help answer pressing questions about the home and its work, or at least show that there are in fact rich and varied approaches to these questions. The project is summarized here, and I blog about it here.
I am also completing another big project, an intellectual biography : Three Women of the French Revolution: Olympe de Gouges, Manon Roland, Sophie de Grouchy. Look here to find out about all the quirky bits of history I unearthed as I worked though this.