Tove Pettersen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. She specializes in Feminist Philosophy and Feminist Ethics, especially in the Ethics of Care and the Existential Ethics of Simone de Beauvoir. Although Pettersen works primarily in Feminist Philosophy, Feminist Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Feminist History of Philosophy, Existential Philosophy and the Philosophy of Ageing, she is also interested in Political Philosophy, Phenomenology, and Environmental Philosophy. She has also taken a special interest in academic writing. In 2012 she received the Norwegian award "På Kanten-prisen" for her work in feminist philosophy.
Pettersen received her Doctor Artium (equivalent to PhD) in philosophy at the University of Oslo (UiO) in 2004 with a dissertation on the Ethics of Care. She completed her Candidatus Philologiae (equivalent to MA) in the History of Ideas on Postmodern Philosophy, and has also studied Economics and holds a Candidata Magisterii (equivalent BA) in Political Science. From 1992-2004 she was a lecturer at the Philosophy Department (UiO). In 2004-2006 she was granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in order to work on Simone de Beauvoir’s ethics, and she was also the Director of Research at the Ethics Programme. From 2006-2010 Pettersen was Associate Professor, and from 2011-2019 a full Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (UiO). From 2019 Pettersen is a professor at Center for Gender Research (UiO), and currently also Head of Studies.
From 2016-2019 Pettersen was President of The International Simone de Beauvoir Society, and the organization's Chair of the Boards of Directors. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Simone de Beauvoir Studies, from 2015-2017 she was a member of the Academic Board of the Erasmus+ project “Gender and Philosophy: Developing learning and teaching practices to include underrepresented groups” (GAP), and from 2019 Primary National Member of The Norwegian Centre on Healthy Aging.
Her publications include:
“Less Travelled Texts: The Case of Women Philosophers” (2018), Historie og filosofi 2 (2018 with Moum et.al.), “Love–According to Beauvoir” (2017), Simone de Beauvoir-A Humanist Thinker (2015 with A. Bjørsnøs), Skriv. Fra idé til fagoppgave (2015), “Kjønn og feminisme i norsk filosofi” (2015 with I. Bostad),"Simone de Beauvoir. Frihet og situasjon" (2013), “Conceptions of Care” (2012), "Etikk, eksempelbruk og feministiske moteksempler" (2012), “The Ethics of Care: Normative Structures and Empirical Implications” (2011), “Moral Ontology in Beauvoir’s Pyrrhus and Cinéas” (2010), Filosofiens annet kjønn (2011), introduction to the Norwegian translation of Phyrrhus and Cinéas and The Ethics of Ambiguity (2009), Comprehending Care (2008), “Freedom and Feminism in Beauvoir’s Philosophy” (2008), “Feministisk etikk” (2007), “Omsorg som etisk teori” (2006), “Moralsk frihet og situasjon: Simone de Beauvoir” (2006), Dialog og Danning (2006 with I. Bostad).
Her teaching includes
- KFL4070 Feminist Ethics
- KFL4040 Feminist Theory
- FIL4355S Care and Conflict
- FIL4351 Feministisk etikk
- FIL2202 Kjønn og filosofi
- EXPHIL03 Examen philosopicum