Wittgenstein and Critical Theory: Mickaëlle Provost in Conversation with Alice Crary


  • Alice Crary The New School for Social Research, New York
  • Mickaëlle Provost Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne




Forms of life, Critical Theory, ecofeminism, resistance, social philosophy, Stanley Cavell


This is the second of two parts of an interview with Alice Crary conducted in a single exchange in the first weeks of January 2022, where she discusses ordinary language philosophy and feminism, Wittgenstein’s conception of mind and its relation to feminist ethics, the link between Wittgenstein and Critical Theory, and her own views about efforts to bring about social and political transformations. The first part on “Wittgenstein and Feminism” is published in the NWR Special Issue “Wittgenstein and Feminism”, forthcoming later this year.

Author Biographies

Alice Crary, The New School for Social Research, New York

Alice Crary is University Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York, and Visiting Fellow at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, UK. Her research covers issues in metaethics, moral psychology and normative ethics, philosophy and feminism, critical animal studies, critical disability studies, critical philosophy of race, philosophy and literature, and Critical Theory. She has written on philosophers such as John L. Austin, Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, John McDowell, Iris Murdoch, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Crary’s article Wittgenstein Goes to Frankfurt (and Finds Something Useful to Say) has been published as an invited paper in NWR 7(1), 2018.

Mickaëlle Provost, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Mickaëlle Provost (she/her) received her doctorate from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in September 2022, and is a postdoctoral fellow in 2022-2023 in the Extending New Narratives in Philosophy project at Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) under the supervision of Dr Chike Jeffers. Mickaëlle’s work focuses on the phenomenology of sexist and racist oppression through the cross-reading of Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon and on the articulation between discursive norms, language and lived experience. She has published, among other texts, « Articuler l’expérience et le discours: réflexions à partir du poststructuralisme et de la phénoménologie féministe » (Glad! Revue sur le langage, le genre, les sexualités [en ligne] n°10 Varia, 2021") and co-edited with Dr Marie Garrau, Expériences vécues du genre et de la race. Une phénoménologie critique (Editions de la Sorbonne, Paris, 2022). She has taught on feminist philosophy, contemporary philosophy and critical phenomenology.