Émilie du Châtelet at the BSPS 2015

One of the four plenary speakers, Katherine Brading, will be talking about Émilie du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science. 

And the other talks look great too!

Details and Cfp below.

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New book on Wollstonecraft by Lena Halldenius

Lena Halldenius‘ book  Mary Wollstonecraft and Feminist Republicanism is out!

You can buy it, or recommend it to your library here.

Here is a description from the Pickering and Chatto website:

Mary Wollstonecraft is a writer whose work continues to provoke scholarly debate. But Wollstonecraft the historical figure often obscures her importance as a philosopher. Halldenius explores Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy, focusing on her treatment of republicanism and independence, to propose a new way of reading her work – that of a ‘feminist republican’. Wollstonecraft’s works of fiction and non-fiction are analysed and the use of her own experience of a lack of freedom (the lot of an eighteenth-century woman) is examined as a valid line of philosophical enquiry and not – as others have viewed them – as a form of autobiography.

I will be reviewing it here in June.

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Ruth Hagengruber at the APA Central Division, 20 February.

Ruth Hagengruber will be giving the following talk at  the APA Central Division, 112th annual meeting in St. Louis/Missouri on 20th February at the Newer Research from Germany session, 13.30-16.30:

“Including Women Philosophers – Rewriting the History of Philosophy?”


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If you want to get it right, pay attention to the women!

Eric Schliesser’s review of Jonathan Israel, Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790, is a good example of how focussing on women’s works helps get a better understanding of the history of philosophy:

Smith is here not defending tradition, but rather calling attention to the role of philosophy in providing justification for the status quo even when the actual doctrines it supplies have limited empirical adequacy. In larger context Smith is explaining how the corruption of our sentiments generates great social injustice and simultaneously a surprising element of stability to most established governments. This is not a defense of tradition “or veneration of rank” (237), but careful social analysis combined with considerable moral “indignation” (238)—no need to look at Smith’s unpublished writings it’s right on the page, as discerned by Mary Wollstonecraft and Sophie De Grouchy (both fall partially outside the chronological scope of the book, although Wollstonecraft is mentioned a few times—Israel is not especially attentive to women’s voices in the period).

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Cavendish Reading Group Blog-Along

Originally posted on The Mod Squad:

I am going to be trying out an online video-chat reading group of Margaret Cavendish’s “Observations on Experimental Philosophy” this term, which is very exciting, obviously.  When I posted to my Facebook to gauge interest, I got about 19 people who responded!  Of course, no one time worked for everyone, so I picked a time that seemed to work for the most people.  Then I realized we could involve more people if we also had a blog-based way to participate.

So, there will be blog-along threads going in rough tandem with the reading group’s schedule. I will post regular threads here so that people not in the reading group can still get involved in the Cavendish discussions!

The first “meeting” will be on January 20th, so around that time, I will post a thread for discussing the first block of reading, which is Cavendish’s “Argumental Discourse”.  We will be using the Cambridge University…

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Early Women’s Works – Four Volumes

I just heard about these forthcoming four volumes on early women’s works: 900-1550, 1550-1603, 1603-1625 and 1625-1650. Not all will be of use to philosophers, but it looks like a resource worth having if one is at all interested in women’s writings of these periods. The webpage includes links to extracts and table of contents.

Seems definitely worth ordering them for one’s university library.

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Susan Stebbing trending on twitter

After Mike Beaney’s Vienna Circle lecture about her yesterday Twitter was *awash* with comments on her influence in the history of analytic philosophy, and – of course – the way she was pushed out because she was a woman.

Here is the abstract of the talk.

Mike Beaney has a paper on Stebbing here and also discusses her in his Stanford Encyclopedia entry on Conception of Analysis in Analytic Philosophy.

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