A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics – new book

This is shameless self-promotion, but my new book is out!


Here’s the blurb from the publisher’s website:

The writings of women philosophers have often been neglected in the discipline of virtue ethics. In this historical survey of feminist virtue ethics, Sandrine Berges redresses the balance by focusing on key writings of important women philosophers, including Perictione, Heloise, Christine de Pizan, Mary Wollstonecraft and Sophie de Grouchy. A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics first applies the findings of its historical survey to questions on the ethics of care, gender and the public life, and global justice. In what follows, it is argued that the ethical theorizing of women in the past can and should be brought to bear on current philosophical debates.

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IAPh in Monash – July 2016.

The next symposium for the International Association of Women Philosophers will take place in Monash 7-10 July 2016. It is organised by Karen Green and Jacqueline Broad.

The focus is on the history of women in philosophy (although submissions on other topics are also encouraged) and the invited speakers are Moira Gatens, Ruth Hagengruber, Sally Haslanger and Lisa Shapiro.

More details on the conference here.

The call for 300 words abstracts by 30 September 2015 is here.

Hope to see many of you there!

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Project Vox up and running

Duke’s new website, Project Vox, is now up and running. It’s purpose is to gather and publicise material on early women philosophers, and ultimately to change the  narrative of the history of philosophy so that it includes them.

The website will be the virtual hub for an international network of scholars to work together in expanding our research and teaching beyond the traditional philosophical “canon” and beyond traditional narratives of modern philosophy’s history.

Thus far the site focuses on four philosophers: Cavendish, Conway, Du Chatelet and Masham, with very full and detailed entries for each, including biographies, primary and secondary materials, teaching materials (forthcoming) and links to resources available online.

The very useful Teaching tab offers general advice on how to include texts by women in early modern courses, as well as sample syllabi.

We’re very looking forward to watching the site grow.

Congratulations to Andrew Janiak and his team!

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The Monist: An Issue on Women’s Contributions to Philosophy

Sandrine Berges:

Happy International Women’s Day!

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:

The table of contents is here, and the following is from the introduction:

The editors are convinced that work on the history of women philosophers is integral to the development of philosophy as a discipline. As women have become better represented in the academy, they have turned to issues of relevance to women. But philosophy has lagged behind other humanities disciplines in appointing women. There is disagreement over the reasons for this, but it is arguable that philosophy’s own self-image continues to be tainted by a conception of objectivity that universalises men’s perspectives. Forty years ago, when feminists first fought to include feminist theory as an area of teaching and research within philosophy, feminism was opposed as not ‘objective.’ In reaction to this, works such as Lloyd’s The Man of Reason and the papers in Harding and Hintikka’s Discovering Reality, among many others, challenged simplistic notions of ‘objective reason’. The results were…

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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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