Talia Mae Bettcher (born October 8, 1966) is a Canada-born philosopher who has written on transgender philosophical issues.

Her most accessible response to the troubling gender critical movement in philosophy is the 2018 piece “When Tables Speak.”


Bettcher earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy/Linguistics from Glendon College at York University in 1991. Bettcher received a Mellon Fellowship to attend University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1999. She began teaching at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) in 2000.

Bettcher married Susan Forrest in 2008.

Selected publications

Bettcher, Talia Mae (May 30, 2018). “When Tables Speak”: On the Existence of Trans Philosophy. Daily Nous https://dailynous.com/2018/05/30/tables-speak-existence-trans-philosophy-guest-talia-mae-bettcher/

Bettcher TM (2021) Feminist Philosophical Engagements with Trans Studies. The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190628925.013.44

Bettcher TM (2016). Intersexuality, Transgender, and Transsexuality. The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth, eds. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199328581.013.21

Bettcher TM (2014). “Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta, ed. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-trans/

Bettcher TM (2008). Pretenders to the throne: a commentary on Alice Dreger’s “The controversy surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A case history of the politics of science, identity, and sex in the internet age.” Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-008-9326-0

“Trans Women and ‘Interpretive Intimacy’: Some Initial Reflections”

“Trans Women and the Meaning of ‘Woman’”

“Full-Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender”

Full‐Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender

TM Bettcher – Hypatia, 2012 – 


TM Bettcher – Transgender Studies Quarterly, 2014 

“Without a Net: Starting Points for Trans Stories

“Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues”

“Trans Identities and First-Person Authority”

What Is Trans Philosophy?

TM Bettcher – Hypatia, 2019 –

Trans feminism: recent philosophical developments

TM Bettcher – Philosophy Compass, 2017 

Through the Looking Glass: Trans Theory Meets Feminist Philosophy

TM Bettcher – The Routledge companion to feminist philosophy, 2017 

“Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion”

“Gender, Identity, Theory, and Action”

“Appearance, Reality, and Gender Deception: Reflections on Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Pretence”

“Understanding Transphobia: Authenticity and Sexual Abuse”

“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Individuals” (co-authored with Emilia Lombardi)

Trapped in the wrong theory: Rethinking trans oppression and resistance

TM Bettcher – Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and …, 2014 

[PDF] Trans women and the meaning of ‘woman’

TM Bettcher – 2013 – philpapers.org

[PDF] Trans Women and Interpretive Intimacy: Some Initial Reflections”

TM Bettcher – 2013 –

When selves have sex: What the phenomenology of trans sexuality can teach about sexual orientation

TM Bettcher – Journal of Homosexuality, 2014 – Taylor & Francis

Resources by Bettcher

Academia.edu (academia.edu)

  • Talia Bettcher Curriculum Vitae
  • https://calstatela.academia.edu/TaliaBettcher/CurriculumVitae

What is is like to be a philosopher (whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com)

  • Talia Mae Bettcher
  • http://www.whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com/talia-mae-bettcher

Susan and Talia (bettcherforrest.wordpress.com)

  • Personal site

Learning T (learningtrans.org)

  • Site recommended by Bettcher