The History of Philosophy as a giant poster, but without women (again).

Here, and discussed at Daily Nous.

The consensus in the comments seems to be that although the poster is beautiful – which it is – it would be good to include at least some women.

I would suggest that a poster with a lot of women would be even nicer, and here’s one good place to find them.

The poster’s creator cites two sources: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia. It’s not clear to me that either of these are doing the best possible job in documenting the existence of women in the history of philosophy.

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Women in the History of Philosophy Workshop

Next week in Philadelphia. For more details see here.


Women in the History of Philosophy

A Workshop presented by the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University in the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium’s conference series

Friday, 12 September, 2014

3:00-5:00: KEYNOTE, in conjunction with Penn Philosophy Colloquium Series

Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)

Gabrielle Suchon’s ‘Neutralist':
The Status of Women and the Invention of Autonomy

Saturday, 13 September, 2014

9:30-10:45: Marcy P. Lascano (California State University Long Beach)

Monism and Individuation in Cavendish and Conway

11-12:15: Daniel Fryer (University of Pennsylvania)

Margaret Cavendish on Religious Toleration

12:15-1:15: LUNCH

1:15-2:30: Carlos Santana (University of Pennsylvania)

‘Two opposite things placed near each other, are the better discerned': Philosophical readings of Cavendish’s literary output

2:45-4:00: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent University)

Sophie de Grouchy on the cost of domination in the Letters on Sympathy and two anonymous articles in Le Républicain.

4:15-4:30: Helen Hattab (University of Houston)

Update on Early Modern and Medieval Philosophy for Women Researchers project

4:30-5:30: Roundtable discussion on teaching women in the history of philosophy

Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
Nabeel Hamid (University of Pennsylvania)
Julie Klein (Villanova University)
Michaela Manson (Simon Fraser University) 

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Emilie Du Châtelet in Ghent

Workshop on history and philosophy of physics

17 September 2014

Location: KANTL, koningstraat 18, Gent


10:00-11:15 Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame): “Continuity, intelligibility and free will in Mme Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics”

11:30-12:45 Marij van Strien (Universiteit Gent): “Continuity in nature and in mathematics: Boltzmann and Poincaré”

14:15-15:30 Thomas Ryckman (Stanford University): “‘Determinism and Indeterminism in Modern Physics': a retrospective look”

15:45-17:00 Andreas Hüttemann (Universität zu Köln): “Reduction and reductive explanation”

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Eric Schliesser on Margaret Fuller

A few days ago I received a message from Eric Schliesser asking me which women philosophers I would teach with Emerson and Thoreau. I had no idea. Fortunately someone else knew and the very next day, Eric posted this discussion of transcendentalist philosopher Margaret Fuller.

This link (from Eric’s post) has some useful material on Fuller. I look forward to finding out more about her.



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Women on Liberty 1600-1800

Earlier this month, the Monash Prato center hosted an invited symposium on women’s writings on liberty between 1600 and 1800.

The organizers, Jacqueline Broad (Monash, Australia) and Karen Detlefsen (Penn, US) are hoping to put together an edited volume in the near future. This will be an exciting new publication for the Recovery Project, and, as noted by Sarah Hutton in her abstract (below), new, insofar as the individual women philosophers featured are connected together around a theme: liberty.

Here are the abstracts .

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British history of philosophy with women.

I just received the announcement for the 21st Anniversary issue of the British Journal of the History of Philosophy. The issue, which has good gender balance as far as authors are concerned, contains one favourite article from each of its 21 issues.  Three of the articles chosen are written about female philosophers:


Perhaps not a roaring success, but – I feel – a success nonetheless.


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Now that’s a meaningful course evaluation!

Sandrine Berges:

Some very heartening and compelling thoughts from students about why we should insist on teaching early modern women! And that applies to other periods of the history of philosophy, of course.

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:

The following is from Jessica Gordon-Roth, Assistant Professor at CUNY-Lehman. The emphasis was added by me, because it is splendid:

I asked my ‘Modern’ students how studying women philosophers shaped their understanding of the early modern period. To my surprise many took the opportunity to express how studying these women affected their understanding of philosophy more generally.

“Reading female philosophers helped me not only understand and appreciate the role of women in philosophy…it also expanded and challenged my understanding of many philosophers. For example Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s defense of Locke expanded on some vague points Locke made (which could be what Locke meant to say). So it opened my eyes to the possible implications of Locke’s arguments. Princess Elisabeth presented faults and questions about Descartes’ work which I would have never thought of myself and so it helped and inspired me to dig into Descartes’ arguments and all subsequent arguments…

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