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Prof. dr. M. (Mari) Mikkola

Professor and Chair of Metaphysics
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Philosophical Tradition in Context
Photographer: Courtesy of University of Amsterdam

Visiting address
  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
Postal address
  • Postbus 94201
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Mari Mikkola is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Metaphysics at the University of Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise are in feminist philosophy, particularly feminist metaphysics, and pornography debates in philosophy. In addition, her current work deals with philosophical methodology and conceptions of hate speech. Mikkola has published extensively on these topics being the sole author of two books (The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and Its Role in Feminist Philosophy and Pornography: A Philosophical Introduction, both with OUP) and of several articles on feminist philosophy, social ontology, and pornography. Prior to coming to Amsterdam, she has worked at the University of Oxford/ Somerville College, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lancaster University, and University of Stirling. From Aug 2022 onwards, she will be the Head of Philosophy Department at UvA.

    Mikkola is particularly open to supervising PhD theses in analytic feminist philosophy, social philosophy, and social ontology. For her full CV, see


    Recent publications



    • Dissident Theorizing: Tracing Nonideal Philosophical Methodology (under contract with OUP, tentatively forthcoming 2024).
    • Pornography: A Philosophical Introduction (NY: OUP, 2019).
      • Symposium: APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 20 (2), Fall 2020.
    • The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy (NY: OUP, 2016).



    • Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy (NY: OUP, 2017).


    Journal Articles

    • “Toxic Speech: A Distortion Or ‘Our’ Default?”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume (2021), vol. 95(1): 143–162,
    • “Fixing Pornography’s Illocutionary Force:  Which Context Matters?”, Philosophical Studies (2020), vol. 177: 3013-3032, DOI: 10.1007/s11098-019-01357-2.
    • “Sex in Medicine: What Stands in the Way of Credibility?”, Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy (2017), vol. 36: 479–488, DOI:
    • “The Structure of Social Ontology: On Grounding and Anchoring”, Symposium on Brian Epstein’s The Ant Trap, Inquiry (2017), DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2017.1312743.
    • “Feminist Metaphysics and Philosophical Methodology”, Philosophy Compass (2016), vol. 11: 661-670.
    • “On the Apparent Antagonism between Feminist and Mainstream Metaphysics”, Philosophical Studies (2016), DOI: 10.1007/s11098-016-0732-1.


    Book Chapters

    • “Pornography and the ‘Sex Wars’” in Earp, B., Chambers, C. and Watson, L. (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Sex (NY: Routledge, forthcoming 2022).
    • “Ideal Theory, Epistemologies of Ignorance, and (Mis)Recognition” in Giladi, P. and McMillan, N. (eds.) Epistemic Injustice and the Philosophy of Recognition (NY: Routledge, forthcoming 2022).
    • “Pornography as Oppressive Speech” in Anderson, L. and Lepor, E. (eds.) Oxford Handbook on Applied Philosophy of Language (NY: OUP forthcoming 2022).
    • “Metaphysics” in Hall, Kim and Ásta (eds.) Oxford Handbook on Feminist Philosophy (NY: OUP, 2021).
    • “Social Ontology” in Khoo, J. and Sterken, R. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Social and Political Philosophy of Language (NY: Routledge, 2021).
    • “Why Dehumanization is Distinct from Objectification” in Kronfeldner, M. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Dehumanization (NY: Routledge, 2021).
    • “The Function of Gender as a Historical Kind” in Hufendiek, R., James, D. and van Riel, R. (eds.) Social Functions in Philosophy: Metaphysical, Normative, and Methodological Perspectives (NY: Routledge, 2020).
    • “Self-Trust and Discriminatory Speech” in Dormandy, K. (ed.) Trust in Epistemology (NY: Routledge, 2020).
    • “Feminist Metaphysics as Non-Ideal Metaphysics” in Garavaso, Pieranna (ed.) Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism, pp. 80-102 (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018).
    • “Pornographic Videogames: A Feminist Examination” in Robson, Jon and Tavinor, Grant (eds.) The Aesthetics of Video Games, pp. 212-227  (NY: Routledge, 2018).
    • “Discrimination and Trans Identities” in Lippert-Rasmussen, K. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on the Ethics of Discrimination, pp. 287-297 (NY: Routledge, 2017).
    • “Pornographic Artifacts: Maker’s Intentions Model” in Mikkola, M. (ed.) Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy, pp. 113-134 (NY: OUP, 2017).
    • “Feminist Philosophy and Pornography: The Past, the Present, and the Future” with Hilkje Hänel in Mikkola, M. (ed.) Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy, pp. 1-20 (NY: OUP, 2017).
    • “Gender Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism” in Garry, A., Khader, S. & Stone, A. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, pp. 168-179 (NY: Routledge, 2017).


    Encyclopaedia Entries

    • "Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2022 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), forthcoming URL = <>.
    • “Social Identity.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0392.


    Book Reviews

    • McGowan, Mary Kate (2019) Just Words. (NY: OUP), in Philosophical Review, vol. 130: 463-7 (2021).
    • Altman, A. & Watson, L. (2018) Debating Pornography. (NY: OUP), in APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, vol. 1: 40-44. (2019).
    • Manne, Kate (2017) Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. (NY: OUP), in Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2018), DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2018.1475497.
  • Publications



    • Mikkola, M. (2020). Self-Trust and Discriminatory Speech. In K. Dormandy (Ed.), Trust in Epistemology (pp. 265-290). (Routledge Studies in Trust Research). Routledge.
    • Mikkola, M. (2020). The Function of Gender as a Historical Kind. In R. Hufendiek, D. James, & R. van Riel (Eds.), Social Functions in Philosophy : Metaphysical, Normative, and Methodological Perspectives Routledge.



    • Mikkola, M. (2023). Ideal Theory, Epistemologies of Ignorance, and (Mis)Recognition. In P. Giladi, & N. McMillan (Eds.), Epistemic Injustice and the Philosophy of Recognition (pp. 199-215). (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy). Routledge. Advance online publication. [details]




    Journal editor

    • Mikkola, M. (editor) (2018-). J.B. Metzler Verlag (Publisher).
    • Mikkola, M. (editor) (2016-). Oxford University Press (Publisher).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Oxford University Press
      Editorial Board Member, OUP's Studies in Feminist Philosophy-Book Series
    • J.B. Metzler Verlag (Stuttgart)
      Scientific Advisory Board Member, #philosophieorientiert book series, edited by