A post on Sophie de Grouchy in Digressions & Impressions.

Eric Schliesser has just published a post on Sophie de Grouchy and Jason Stanley on demagogues, featuring drafts of my new translation of the Letters on Sympathy for the volume Eric and I are c0-editing.

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Medieval Women Philosophers

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Really wonderful blogpost by Christina Van Dyke on the difficulties and rewards of adding medieval women philosophers to one’s courses.

As I rolled up my sleeves and went to work, I discovered that although female contemplatives in the Middle Ages might not have thought of themselves as engaging in philosophy per se–and although what they wrote often tends not to fit neatly into our contemporary conceptions of even just philosophical theologyif you take a step back and think of philosophy as the love of wisdom, perennially addressing the issues that human beings have wondered about “Since the dawn of time,” it turns out that medieval women have a wealth of things to say about classic philosophical debates involving, say, self-knowledge, love, human nature, ethics, God, and the meaning of life.

These women weren’t writing in a vacuum, either: they engaged with and influenced intellectual, theological, and cultural movements…

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Conference on the Context and Legacy of Hypatia

Behind the Symbol: the Context and Legacy of Hypatia

December 11-12, Princeton University

Sixteen centuries ago, in 415, the career of one of Antiquity’s most influential and memorable women came to a violent end in the streets of Alexandria.  In observance of this anniversary, we are organizing a conference at Princeton University aimed at new perspectives on Hypatia and her world.  We seek to get behind the symbol which Hypatia has become, in at least two ways: first and primarily, by studying her upon the wider historical canvas of late antiquity.  What conditions allowed for the rise, flourishing, and shocking demise of one of the ancient Mediterranean’s rare female philosophers?  How should we understand her role in the context of the educational institutions, social/political structures in which she moved and acted?  In particular, how did the groups and categories of Alexandria – Pagans, Christians, Jews, Greeks, Egyptians, intellectuals, administrators – interact?  What were Hypatia’s own distinctive intellectual achievements, and those of the school which she inherited from her father Theon?  Secondly, Hypatia has taken up as a symbol within various narratives and causes, from the fifth century onwards.  Does her death epitomize the turn from an enlightened Antiquity to the Dark Ages?  Is it a brutal manifestation of the tightening grip of the episcopacy on civil life?  Rather than simply debunking myths, we wish to study Hypatia’s role in forming the cultural reception of ancient philosophy and science, the city of Alexandria, the Christian(izing) Roman Empire, the role of women and gender in Antiquity, and more.  We accordingly welcome abstracts for papers offering new insights on the historical world of Hypatia, as well as with her legacy and reception across the range of cultural production.

Keynote Speaker: Edward Watts (UCSD)

Confirmed Speakers: 

David Frankfurter (Boston University)

Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer (Basel)

Jennifer Westerfeld (Louisville)

Sebastian Gertz (Oxford)

Victoria Leonard (Cardiff)

Helmut Seng (Frankfurt)

Please send abstracts for 20 minute papers to apetkas@princeton.edu by October 25th, 2015.   The conference will be held December 11-12 at Princeton University.  We will be able to offer limited reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses.

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New Narratives in the History of Philosophy

The new website for the New Narratives project is up and running. Here is an introduction from Lisa Shapiro:
There is so much good work already underway and more getting off the ground in efforts to reinvigorate the philosophical canon. This is particularly true of those working in the history of philosophy of the early modern period, where lots of attention is being paid to the women philosophers and intellectuals of the period. This New Narratives in the History of Philosophy Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), aims (among other things) to provide some coordination of efforts internationally so that limited resources are used effectively. The project website at www.newnarrativesinphilosophy.net will strive to be a hub directing interested students and researchers to all the great work that is going on right now to diversify the standard stories which form the history of philosophy. So, if you have a project or an event, please let us know and we will aim to add it to the site (The contact info is on the site.) (See Related Activities under Projects for what is already listed.)
We are also undertaking some projects of our own, including an open access bibliography of works by women of the early modern period (and beyond). We are particularly interested in tracking which works are already digitized (and in what form) and what digitizations are underway.  This is a great project for students to see the hard work that goes into the editions that they and many of us have taken for granted. If you’d like to get involved, or would like your students to get involved, please let us know. We are trying out a collaborative software that allows for those involved in the project to ask questions and get answers on a discussion thread (rather than fill email boxes).
Once the bibliography gets a bit more content in it, we’ll share the link to the Google Sheet.
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Turkish European Network for the Study of Women Philosophers Website

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The Turkish European Network has a new website: come check it out!

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CfA : New Narratives in Philosophy at Duke, April 14-17

New Narratives in Philosophy:
Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women

Co-Directed by Andrew Janiak and Marcy Lascano

Hosted at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Durham, NC, USA
April 14 – 17, 2016

The New Narratives in Philosophy conference will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The four day conference will focus on the early modern philosophers Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Emilie Du Châtelet and will explore the various aspects of each figure’s primary philosophical works, investigate the relationships between her works and those of her contemporaries, and examine her works in relation to the political, social, ethical, theological, and scientific works of the period. In addition, the final, fourth day of the conference will be devoted to methodological questions that are important for transforming the teaching and study of early modern philosophy. All conference proceedings and materials – video clips, sample syllabi, papers, bibliographies and translated texts – will be disseminated on the Project Vox website, so that philosophers will have everything required to alter the teaching and research of early modern philosophy. The conference is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding and support provided by Duke University.

Confirmed Speakers:
Sandrine Berges, Bilkent University
Deborah Boyle, College of Charleston
Katherine Brading, Notre Dame
Jacqueline Broad, Monash University
David Cunning, University of Iowa
Marguerite Deslauriers, McGill University
Karen Detlefsen, University of Pennsylvania
Stewart Duncan, University of Florida
Sarah Hutton, University of York
Andrew Janiak, Duke
Marcy Lascano, CSU Long Beach
Christia Mercer, Columbia University
Anne-Lise Rey, CNRS
Samuel Rickless, UC San Diego
Justin Smith, Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII
Marius Stan, Boston College

Abstracts: We welcome abstracts on any of the figures or topics mentioned in the conference description above. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to the organizers (marcy.lascano@csulb.edu) by December 1st, 2015. Acceptances will be sent by the end of December 2015. Funding is available for transportation and lodging for those accepted to present at the conference.

Any questions should be addressed to marcy.lascano@csulb.edu.

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CFA: Anonymous Modern Philosophy at Pacific APA 2016 (San Francisco)

Although this call is not strictly to do with women in the history of philosophy, it strikes me that anonymity and pseudonymity are especially rife amongst women authors. Also, having just been to San Francisco, I can definitely recommend it!

Anonymous Modern Philosophy

Panel of the Society for Modern Philosophy
APA Pacific Division Meeting 2016
March 30-April 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA

Deadline: October 5, 2015

Authorship is central to our grasp of philosophical contributions. People tend to associate an idea with its originator—think of: ‘Platonist’, ‘Humean’—and especially for the modern period, scholarship on seven big names dominates the field. However, not all philosophical moves have been made by identified figures. Sometimes authors made deliberate efforts to remain hidden from view, be it to allow for a more neutral assessment of their work, or to distance themselves from controversial opinions. As yet, only fragmented attention has been paid to the anonymous and pseudonymous face of modern philosophy. The current panel will begin to address this gap. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, specific anonymous texts, authors’ strategies in unnamed publishing, and the conception of anonymity in philosophical debates. Its findings will have implications not only for emerging efforts to reshape the philosophical canon of the modern period, but also for thinking about named authorship in research practices more generally.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks/papers on any topic related to anonymity in modern philosophy. Send your anonymized abstract in PDF to Chris Meyns (cm836@cam.ac.uk) by October 5, 2015. Decision by mid-October.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Event hashtag: #AnonModPhil

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