Louise Richardson-Self

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Louise Richardson-Self

Lecturer in Philosophy & Gender Studies
School of Humanities

Room 365, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2254 (phone)

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Louise joined the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in Philosophy and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities in July 2015, and teaches into both the Philosophy and Gender Studies majors.


In 2016 Louise was awarded the prestigious R. M. Crawford Medal for her research and public outreach by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 2017 she was a Residential Fellow of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project, hosted by the University of Connecticut. She currently serves on the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s ‘Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession’ and ‘Philosophy in the Community’ committees.

Louise graduated with her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2014, and was a Research Affiliate with the University of Sydney for one year (2014-2015). Her undergraduate and Honours studies were undertaken at the University of Tasmania (2006-2009).

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  • The Imaginary as figured in philosophical and cultural scholarship
  • Hate Speech, Harm, and Contemporary Accounts of Human Rights
  • Feminist Ethics, Feminist Political Philosophy
  • LGBTIAQ Issues
  • Issues in Contemporary Philosophy of Sex (e.g. Metaphysics of Sex and Gender)‚Äč

Research Themes

Louise's research to-date focuses primarily on LGBTIAQ rights, from the nexus of political philosophy, ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her recent book, Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation, focuses on the trend of justifying same-sex marriage using rights rhetoric. She critiques dominant justifications for same-sex marriage and propose an alternative combined approach to justifying same-sex marriage. This approach is inspired by discursive constructivism and French feminist philosophy. The combined approach emphasises pluralisation, focusing on the ways that societies and the law may recognise and value multiple forms of caring relationships without hierarchically valuing marriage. Central to this project is, additionally, an emphasis on the dominant social imaginary.

Her work in progress continues to build on this notion of the social imaginary, drawing together and making sense of its use primarily within the philosophical literature. In addition, Louise hypothesises that a more robust account of the social imaginary (or, social imaginaries) can allow for unique insights into matters of contemporary ethical and political relevance. Her current interest is to investigate the nature of the harm that is occasioned in instances of hate speech.

Fields of Research

  • Feminist Theory (220306)
  • Social Philosophy (220319)
  • Religion and Religious Studies (220499)
  • Ethical Theory (220305)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages (200319)

Research Objectives

  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Gender and Sexualities (940113)
  • Workplace and Organisational Ethics (950409)
  • Technological Ethics (950408)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)


Total publications


Journal Article

(6 outputs)
2018Richardson-Self L, 'Woman-Hating: On Misogyny, Sexism, and Hate Speech', Hypatia, 33, (2) pp. 256-272. ISSN 0887-5367 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12398 [eCite] [Details]


2015Richardson-Self L, 'Reporting on LGBTIAQ Politics Some Strategies for Journalists', Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25, (2) pp. 171-181. ISSN 1326-365X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1326365X15604252 [eCite] [Details]


2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Same-Sex Marriage: Zero Tolerance', Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, 21 pp. 113-124. ISSN 1834-3287 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Same-sex marriage: The road to social justice?', Australian Review of Public Affairs, (May, 2014) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1832-1526 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2012Richardson-Self LV, 'Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage', Australian Feminist Studies, 27, (72) pp. 205-219. ISSN 1465-3303 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2012.678572 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2012Richardson-Self LV, 'Coming Out and Fitting In: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Difference', M/C Journal; A Journal of Media and Culture, 15, (6) pp. 1-8. ISSN 1441-2616 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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(1 outputs)
2015Richardson-Self LV, 'Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation', Rowman and Littlefield, London, pp. 192. ISBN 9781783483211 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Irigarayan Insights on the Problem of LGBT Inequality', Everyday Feminist Research Praxis: Doing Gender in the Netherlands, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Domitilla Olivieri, Koen Leurs (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 40-55. ISBN 978-1-4438-6011-6 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2017Richardson-Self L, 'Transatlantic feminisms: Women and gender studies in Africa and the diaspora', Emotion, Space and Society, 23 pp. 54-55. ISSN 1755-4586 (2017) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2017.05.004 [eCite] [Details]


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Hate Speech 2.0: Vilification in the Digital Age (2017)$3,405
This project scopes a research design for proposing a new definition of hate speech, encompassing cyberhate.
University of Tasmania ($3,405)
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
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Research Supervision




PhDCan the humanist Thought of Hannah Arendt be Made Feminist?: Using the Philosophy of Luce Irigaray to Make the Philosophy of Hannah Arendt Feminist2016