Elisabeth Lloyd

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Elisabeth Anne Lloyd (born 3 September 1956, Morristown, New Jersey, USA) is a philosopher of biology. She currently holds the Arnold and Maxine Tanis Chair of History and Philosophy of Science and is also Professor of Biology, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University, Affiliated Faculty Scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior.


Lloyd earned her BA in Science and Political Theory from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1980, summa cum laude. After some graduate study under the supervision of Stephen Jay Gould in the Department of Genetics at Harvard University in 1983, Lloyd studied under Bas van Fraassen at Princeton University for a PhD in Philosophy 1980-84.

She worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of California, San Diego, 1985–88; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, 1988–90, Associate Professor, 1990–97, Professor, 1997–99, University of California, Berkeley; Affiliated Faculty, History and Philosophy of Science Programme, University of California, Davis, 1990-1998.

Her recent (2005) book, "The Case of the Female Orgasm," was widely discussed in the scholarly and popular press, including Isis, Nature and The New York Times. The book criticizes what it...
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