Women and Republicanism in the Eighteenth Century at APSA

Saturday 5 september, Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, 2:00-3.45.
Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft: Two Concepts of Neo-Roman Liberty

Alan Coffee
Reassessing the impact of the ‘Republican Virago’

Karen Green
From Republican Housewife to French Macaulay: The Paradox of Phlippon Roland.

Sandrine Berges
The Politics of Taste in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Egalitarian Educational Ideal

Madeline Cronin
Wollstonecraft’s Concepts of Virtue and Duty

Martina Reuter

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Cfp: Women and the Canon

I have just received the following call for abstracts:

Call for Papers – Women and the Canon
We are pleased to announce a two-day conference on ‘Women and the Canon’ to be held at Christ Church (University of Oxford) on 22-23 January 2016. The venue and facilities are fully accessible.

This conference seeks to problematize received notions of canonicity, and therefore of artistic and intellectual authority, by approaching them through their relationship to gender. We will be pursuing options for publication of proceedings from this conference.

For full details, see: https://womenandthecanon.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Please send an abstract of 250 words with a brief biography by 15th September to the following email address: womencanonconference@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Organisers

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Women in Early Analytical Philosophy, at Ghent.

Another great event about women in the history of philosophy! Details, including program, below.

The Department of Philosophy & Moral Sciences, Ghent University, in collaboration with the Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy, is pleased to announce an international workshop on “Women in Early Analytical Philosophy,”
Date: October 5, 2015
Location, KANTL (Ghent)
8:45: Welcome with Coffee
9:00-10:15: Anna Brożek (Warsaw), ‘Maria Kokoszyńska-Lutman: between the Lvov-Warsaw School and the Vienna Circle’
10:30-11:30: Giulia Felapi (KCL), ‘Langer, Stebbing, Welby: Challenging the Fregean Mainstream’
11:35-12:35: F.M. Janssen-Leuret (Nottingham), ‘Susan Stebbing on Incomplete Symbols’
14:30-15:30: Alicja Chybińska (Warsaw), ‘Izydora Dąmbska on semiotic defects’
15:45-16:45: Ben Brast-McKie (Oxford), ‘Early Interpretations of the Barcan Formula: Ruth Barcan Marcus and the History of Quantifed Modal Logic’
17:00-18:15: Julia Driver (WashU), ‘The Case Against Consequentialism: Anscombe, Foot, and Murdoch’

Conference hosts: Maria Van der Schaar (Leiden) & Eric Schliesser (Gent/Amsterdam)
Attendance is free, but please contact Eric Schliesser (nescio2@yahoo.com) by September 30, 2015

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Forthcoming events at Paderborn – including a graduate forum (deadline for proposals next week).

Ruth Hagengruber recently advertised a series of exciting international events to take place at the University of Paderborn in the coming weeks.

On 14 September, Paderborn will host “The self-determined individual in the enlightenment” with guest speaker Karen Green, from Melbourne and Ana Rodrigues, Andreas Blank and Ruth Hagengruber from Paderborn, talking about the contribution of women thinkers to the enlightenment project of emancipating the individual from traditional conventions. More here.

On 23-24 October, Paderborn presents an international workshop “Emilie du Châtelet – Laws of Nature/Laws of Morals“ followed on 25 October by an International Graduate Forum “Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy“.

Proposals for the graduate forum should be sent by 31 August, according to the guidelines here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

The language for these events is English.

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A 19th century text on female education – with philosophy

I’m not familiar with the history of philosophical education, so I don’t know to what extent the text linked to here is original. It struck me as interesting that it is presented in the author, Mrs Phelps’s preface as a somewhat daring feat to attempt to educate girls in the ‘whys and hows’ of science. This really shows to what extent that century took a step back from the previous one, where educational reform for women was rife, and where Mary Wollstonecraft argued that women should be educated like men.

The last chapter of part III, which concerns ‘formal education’ (grammar, Latin, Greek, science) is dedicated to logic and philosophy.

And here is more information about the author, Amyra Phelps.

Thanks to David Marans for sending me the link.

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CfP ‘Rethinking the Enlightenment’, Deakin University, 16 December 2015.

Rethinking the Enlightenment’ will be hosted by Deakin University’s European Philosophy and the History of Ideas Research Network, housed with the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at the Deakin Burwood campus.  The conference will be led by keynote papers by Genevieve Lloyd, Dennis Rasmussen, Karen Green, and Peter Anstey.

Though not specifically about women in the history of philosophy, two of the keynotes, Genevieve Lloyd and Karen Green are central figures in the feminist history of philosophy, and the details of the CfP certainly leave plenty of space for proposals including women.

Here is the call for papers:

Older and recent work in the history of 18th century ideas calls into question popular images of the enlightenment as a single movement of thinkers characterised by a naïve, utopian rationalism closed to otherness or difference, and the affective, playful and poetic dimensions of thought, sociability and experience in ways that would lead, in time, to the horrifying European catastrophes of the world wars and total states.  Works such as those by our keynotes Rasmussen and Lloyd, but differently the influential work of Jonathan Israel (to evoke only a few), have instead explored the different strands of enlightenment thought, and the importance of deistic, empiricist, sceptical, literary, and moral-sentimental (as well as rationalist and materialist) strands of the French and British enlightenments.  In thinkers like Voltaire, the first conceptions of religious toleration were developed, while in thinkers like Diderot, important criticisms of Western colonialism emerged; with figures like Wollstonecraft (also Condorcet and Bentham), we see the first advocates of women’s rights, and Israel in particular has traced the emergence of competing, contested conceptions of democracy in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The continuing rise of what sociologist Robert Antonio has called ‘reactionary tribalisms’ predicated on openly anti-enlightenment visions, and differently the political and philosophical questions raised by the crises of Greece and the Eurozone make scholarly and wider reassessments of the European enlightenment in all of its complexity, promises and limits a newly contemporary task.

We hereby invite papers on ‘Rethinking the Enlightenment’ on or around the following (or related) themes from graduate students, early career and more established researchers:

–          Conceptions of democracy in the 18th century

–          Conceptions of religious toleration in the 18th century

–          Deism and/or biblical criticism in the enlightenment

–          The role of scepticism and empiricism in shaping enlightenment thought

–          18th century conceptions of the role of science in society

–          Enlightenment sinophilia and images of the non-European ‘other’

–          Criticisms of colonialism in Jeremy Bentham, Condorcet, Diderot, Herder, Kant, Adam Smith, and Raynal et al

–          The role of literary forms (eg satires, contes, letters, dramas …) in enlightenment thought, and enlightenment politics

–          Conceptions of the public sphere emerging in the enlightenment

–          Conceptions of polity, democracy and law in the lumières and Scottish authors

–          Conceptions of the intellectual and/or ‘philosophe’ in the 18th century

–          The history or histories of images of the enlightenment, from the 18th century to today

–          The effects of subsequent historical events (eg the great war) on images of the enlightenment

Expressions of interest, and abstracts of not more than 300 words, should be sent to msharpe@deakin.edu.au and/or geoff.boucher@deakin.edu.au by August 31, 2015.  Papers will be in 30 minute sessions, so should be between 2-4000 words at the maximum.

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Women in Logic

David Marans‘ s Logic Gallery a chronology of logicians from Antiquity to the 21st century, now features nine women logicians:

Mary Everest Boole, Constance Jones, Christine Ladd-Franklin, Susan Langer, Ada Lovelace, Susan Stebbing, Ruth Barcan Marcus, Victoria Lady Welby, Julia Bowman Robinson.

Each page contains biographical and bibliographical details, as well as links to works.

The book is available as a free pdf here, however, if you’d like a print copy, you can order it here. Note that if you purchase the book from this link, you will also support Doctors without Borders.

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