Esther M. Rosario

Academic Appointments


Esther M. Rosario is a Lecturer in Philosophy. She specializes in the philosophy of sex and gender, the philosophy of science, and metaphysics. She also has research interests in the philosophy of race, the philosophy of love, and empirical philosophy of mind. Her current research focuses on the metaphysics of sex and conceptual engineering. She argues that sex is a biological kind and engineers a new sex concept for epistemic and social aims. She is an award-winning teacher who takes great pleasure in working with students as they harness philosophical tools for critical thinking and critical engagement. 


Thornton, Room 308
HB 6035


Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy


  • B.A. University of Texas at El Paso
  • M.A. Purdue University
  • M.A. University of Alberta
  • Ph. D. University of Alberta

Selected Publications

  • "Sex and Gender" (forthcoming) Routledge Handbook of Essence in Philosophy, Kathrin Koslicki and Michael J. Raven (Eds.) New York: Routledge. 

    "Strategic Conceptual Engineering for Epistemic and Social Aims" with Ingo Brigandt. (2020) Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics, Alexis Burgess, Herman Cappelen, and David Plunkett (Eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.