CFP: The Political Life and Thought of Simone de Beauvoir

The University of Wisconsin, Superior is pleased to host
the 23rd Simone de Beauvoir Society Conference

Cosponsors: UWS Department of Social Inquiry, UWS Continuing Education

For more information contact: Dr Sarah LaChance Adams

Details of the conference and abstract submission here. The deadline is 1 April.

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Women Philosophers on Autonomy at Yeditepe

Yeditepe University, Department of Philosophy
Istanbul, May 5-6th 2016

The workshop is organized in the frameworks of the newly instituted hub “Turkish European Network for the Study of Women in Philosophy” and of the newly instituted Joint Master Program “History of Women Philosophers/History of Philosophy” (University of Paderborn-Yeditepe University Istanbul). The overall aim of these two projects is the study of women philosophers and of the changes in the canonical history of philosophy resulting from a thorough consideration of the women contribution. Within this broader framework, this workshop addresses the women philosophers’ contribution to a particularly relevant topic: the notion of autonomy. Autonomy, together with its cognate concepts (self-determination, self-mastery, self-government etc.), is among the central concepts across the whole history and the whole spectrum of the philosophical debate, yet the women philosophers’ contribution to its development has been seldom investigated.

For the list of participant, see here.

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Sophie de Grouchy’ Letters on Sympathy

Eric Schliesser and I are being issued a contract by OUP, NY, for a translation of Sophie de Grouchy’s Lettres sur la Sympathie, together with annotations and an introduction designed to help those who want to teach the Letters. The book will be part of OUP’s new series, New Histories of Philosophy.

The Letters themselves are an original commentary on Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and presesent a series of  arguments in moral, social and political philosophy. The fact that Grouchy lived the French Revolution (she was married to Condorcet) makes her political thought even more valuable. 

That a major press is publishing a new translation of this hitherto little known text is great news for all of us working on restoring women’s works to the history of philosophy.

Our next step after this volume will be to edit a companion volume of articles on Sophie de Grouchy. So watch this space!

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Summer school on gender and philosophy

The Gender and Philosophy project offers an intensive 5 days summer course sponsored by an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on the subject of gender and philosophy from four different viewpoints. Each summer school has its own distinct theme introduced by specialists in the field of study and offers an innovative and exciting forum for discussion and learning.
Further information on how to apply to the summer schools can be found here.

The program features four different summer schools, including one on the Feminist thinking in Historical Perspective  at the University of Jyväskylä, 22-26 August, 2016.

See here for a description of all four summer schools.

Details on how to apply can be found here. The next deadline (for philosophy of body) is 15 February. The deadline for Feminist thinking in Historical Perspective is 15 April.  

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Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science: program now online

Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and ScienceConference 21-23 March 2016, University of Groningen
During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in

many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science.

The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du

Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham.

The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion,

mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws.
The full conference program is now online:

The conference is free to attend (although we cannot cover attendees’

costs). Non-Groningen based scholars who are intending to come should

register by emailing the organisers – – by 7th

March 2016, to give us an idea of numbers.

Immediately after this conference, the annual Dutch Seminar in Early

Modern Philosophy will take place at Erasmus University Rotterdam, on

24-25 March 2016:

There are regular direct trains between Groningen and Rotterdam, so it

would be easy to attend both conferences.

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Peer-reviewed publications for the Women Philosopher’s Page


Mary Ellen Waithe, the co-chair of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers, Inc. has published the following proposal in her latest newsletter: 

Through a series of email exchanges with Mary Ellen Waithe, Emerita member Kate Lindemann has proposed that student and un/underemployed members (AXIOTHEA level) as well as faculty (SOPHIA level or PHILOSOPHER-QUEEN level) be invited to submit an article on a woman philosopher for the Kate’s Pages section of the SSWP website.  Beginning January 2016, articles that have been peer-reviewed will be designated as such. Eventually, all articles will have undergone rigorous peer review. So we will be gradually transforming those pages from simple informational pages to peer-reviewed articles, creating in effect, an electronic encyclopedia of women in the history of philosophy.

For student members: Have your Philosophy faculty advisor or other Philosophy professor agree to allow you to do an Independent Study, Independent Research or similar course OR to do a term paper about a woman philosopher selected from the list below.  Have your faculty member contact Mary Ellen Waithe at to reserve a philosopher for you. That page will be reserved for you until the end of your term (NO extensions!). Submit to your faculty member a paper in MS Word or Doc that follows the format of articles in Kate’s Pages / Women Philosophers. It may have footnotes/endnotes and must include a bibliography of original works by that philosopher and secondary articles/books about her.  Have your faculty member comment on and grade your paper as though it were being peer-reviewed. This is a higher standard than an “A” Graduate Student paper is held to, so you may need to make revisions as suggested by your faculty member. Have your faculty member submit the paper to SSWP by emailing it to  You will be informed when it has been published to our website, and your faculty member will receive a letter confirming that they have refereed a paper for the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers.

For faculty: Email Mary Ellen Waithe at to reserve a philosopher for you. That page will be reserved for you for four months. Submit to a research paper on that philosopher, following the format of articles in Kate’s Pages/Women Philosophers. The paper must be in MSWord or Doc. It may have footnotes/endnotes, and must include a bibliography of original works by that philosopher and secondary articles/books about her.  It will be peer-reviewed by a SSWP member who may make suggestions for revising and re-submission.

Kate is quite right in noting that we are now in an era where electronic publications –if peer reviewed– are worth (to a student seeking admission to a graduate program, or to faculty member seeking tenure) every bit as much as a print publication.

Here’s a list of women philosophers about whom articles are solicited:

Claudia Card

Elizabeth Flower

Margaret Fuller

Beatriz Galindo(a)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Anna Julia Cooper

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Sophie de Grouchy

Amelia Hathaway


Jeanne Hersch

Julia Ward Howe

Liubo Isaakovna Akselrod

Emily Elizabeth Constance Jones

Marietta Kies

Adrienne Koch

Alexandra Kollontai

Lenore Kuhn

Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane

Christine Ladd-Franklin

Grace Mead Andrus de Laguna

Francoise Marquise de Maintenon

Rowena Morse Mann

Marguerite of Navarre

Hedwig Conrad-Martius

Lucia Ames Mead

Lucy Sprague Mitchell

Mary Mothersill

Dorothy Wrinch Nicholson

Jacqueline Pascal

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Margaret More Roper

Clemence Royer

Sarah Ruddick

Marguerite de la Sabliere

Lou Andreas Salome

Caroline Schlegel-Shelling

Madelene de Scudery

Ann-Margaret Sharp

May Sinclair

Madeleine de Souvre

Germain de Stael

Edith Stein

Helene Stocker

Eliza Sunderland

Jessie Taft

Evelyn Underhill

Camila Urena

Louise de la Valliere

Marianna Bacinetti di Waddington

Ella Flagg Young

Blanche Zehring

If you’ve already published a book or an article or a chapter about one of the above philosophers, won’t you please consider writing up a brief article about her for the women philosophers pages? Those pages are such an important resource for undergraduate students. If we hope to integrate the canon of philosophy along lines of gender, we must “grow” the next generation of scholars who have an interest in doing so. That “cultivation” begins with undergraduate students. And it is they who use Kate’s Pages.

In order to take part, you need to be a member of SSWP. You will find details of how to become a member on the SSWP homepage. 

Professor Waithe added in that individuals should feel free to nominate a woman for these pages who is not included in that list, and that she will be glad to consider new names.

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The Dangerous Women Project

Based at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities the Dangerous Women Project explores what it means to be a dangerous woman:

The idea that women are dangerous individually or collectively permeates many historical periods, cultures and areas of contemporary life (despite, and in some instances in response to, explicitly feminist movements).

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