Cynthia Kaufman

Cynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (South End Press 2003).

She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.


Getting Past Capitalism; History, Vision, Hope. New York: Lexington Books, 2012.

Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2003.

“Is Philosophy Anything if it isn’t White?” The Center Must Not Hold, ed. George Yancy. New York: Rowman Littlefield. 2010.

“A Users Guide to White Privilege.” Radical Philosophy Review Issues 1, 2001

"Knowledge as Masculine Heroism or Embodied Perception: A Feminist Reading of Knowledge, Will and Desire in Nietzsche." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy v.13, n. 4, 1998.

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