dr. J.M. Halsema


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Specialisation: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Feminist Philosophy


The aim of my current research project is to develop a hermeneutical notion of personal identity that includes factors such as gender, sexual preference, race/ethnicity, age, (dis)ability. These factors are related to embodiment and situate us socially. Most philosophical theories about personal identity take embodiment into account but in a general sense. I argue for a notion of personal identity that is narrative and that includes a first-person perspective upon the body. I mainly draw upon hermeneutics, phenomenology and feminist philosophy to develop it.


Recent publications include:

A. Halsema & J. Slatman, ‘The second person perspective in narrative phenomenology’. In: H. Fielding & D. Olkowski (Eds.),Feminist Phenomenology Futures, Indiana University Press, 2017, pp. 242-256.

A. Coetzee & A. Halsema, ‘The Blind Spots in the Philosophy of Sexual Difference: Oyĕwùmí and Irigaray in Dialogue about Western Culture’. Hypatia. A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Accepted August 2017.



Luce Irigaray and Horizontal Transcendence, Amsterdam: SWP, 2010

Dialectiek van de seksuele differentie. De filosofie van Luce Irigaray, Amsterdam: Boom, 1998


Edited volumes:

A. Halsema & F. Henriques (Eds.), Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2016

C. Ceton, I. van der Burg, A.Halsema, V. Vasterling, K, Vintges (red.), Vrouwelijke filosofen – een historisch overzicht. Amsterdam: Atlas, 2012

A. Halsema & D. van Houten (Eds.), Empowering Humanity. State of the Art of Humanistics. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom, 2002

 J. Butler, Genderturbulentie. A. Halsema en M. Wilmink (red.), Amsterdam: Boom/Parrèsia, 2000




Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Ba 1 Philosophy)

Phenomenology (Ma Philosophy)

Critical Perspectives on Science (course in minor Gender and Diversity)

Styles of Continental Philosophy: Nietzsche and Heidegger, Deleuze and Derrida on Nietzsche (Ba 3 Philosophy)

Big names in Contemporary Philosophy: Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Arendt, Foucault (Minor Philosophy)

Coordination Multidisciplinary Minor Gender and Diversity

Philosophy for History students (Faculty of Humanities)

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gender Social Sciences
intersectionality Social Sciences
decolonization Social Sciences
dialogue Social Sciences
Personal Identity Arts & Humanities
sexual orientation Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences
conversation Social Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2019

Age Difference in the Clinical Encounter: Intersectionality and Phenomenology

Eilenberger, H. G., Halsema, A. & Slatman, J., Feb 2019, In : the American Journal of Bioethics. 19, 2, p. 32-34 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic

The Self is Embodied and Discursive: Tracing the Phenomenological Background of Ricoeur's Narrative Identity

Halsema, A., Oct 2019, A Companion to Ricoeur's Fallible Man. Davidson, S. (ed.). Lanham, London: Lexington Books, p. 125-144 20 p. (Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Narrative Identity
Narrative Self

How to be one’s gender, race, age, etc.? Intersectionality and Personal Identity

Halsema, A., 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

sexual orientation

Identiteit als expressie: Narrativiteit, lichamelijkheid en intersectionaliteit

Halsema, A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Algemeen Nederlands tijdschrift voor wijsbegeerte. 110, 3, p. 335-355 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Personal Identity
Ethnic Groups

Objectivering: Een fenomenologische beschouwing over seksualiteit

Halsema, A., Feb 2018, Fenomenologie als houding: Bijdragen aan een fenomenologische wijsbegeerte. Bremmers, C., van der Heiden, G-J. & Reynaert, P. (eds.). Brussels: VUBPRESS Brussels University Press, p. 151-164 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2005 2019

Narrative Identity

J.M. Halsema (Speaker)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Wat is gender. Over sociale ontologie

J.M. Halsema (Speaker)
11 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Teaching Intersectionality

J.M. Halsema (Participant)
27 Sep 2019

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Gender, diversiteit en de filosofische canon

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25 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

What is Gender?

J.M. Halsema (Speaker)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

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