Review of The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft

Sandrine Bergès and Alan Coffee (editors)
The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft
OXFORD: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2016 (ISBN 978-0-19-876684-1)
Reviewed by Catherine Packham, 2018

These essays are best read as examples, often admirable, of what happens when philosophers read Wollstonecraft. They offer insights into intellectual influence, from Plato and Aristotle to Spinoza and beyond, and map Wollstonecraft’s place in traditions of thought, paying particular and detailed attention, in line with current trends in the field, to varieties of republicanism. Here the reader will find essays that offer a deeper understanding of Wollstonecraft’s thinking on several of her most important terms (among them: reason, passion, independence, rights, duty). Equally, a number of contributors offer extensions from Wollstonecraft’s thought to consider their implications for our contemporary moment: Alan Coffee generalizes from Wollstonecraft’s thinking on accommodating diversity in “plural populations” to consider what this might mean for the social pluralism and cultural diversity of modern democratic societies; Eileen Hunt Botting argues that Wollstonecraft “can reach beyond what Wollstonecraft intended” (9) to explore her writings as an “unprecedented theorist of the human rights of children” and of animal ethics.


Read the rest here.

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CFA: Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

27–28 September 2018

UCD School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Broad (Monash)


This workshop aims to bring together scholars who work on agency in early modern philosophy from a variety of different perspectives, including but not restricted to moral, social, political, cultural, metaphysical and phenomenological approaches to agency. It aims to to rethink existing narratives about agency and early modern philosophy and to rediscover the works of relatively widely neglected philosophers, and women philosophers in particular.

We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the theme of the workshop. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions to debates about agency have not received perennial attention and contributions that approach the debates from innovative questions. Possible topics include the following:

  • Agency and liberty
  • Agency and human nature
  • Agency and education
  • Agency and class, race, and gender
  • Agency and slavery
  • Agency and society
  • Agency and the role of passions and reason in social interaction
  • Character and character development
  • Self-constitution, personhood, and personality
  • The metaphysics and phenomenology of active powers and agency

Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words in PDF format, prepared for blind review, by 31 May 2018.

Submission website

We aim to communicate results no later than 15 July 2018.

Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to find commentators for all accepted papers and authors are asked to submit full versions of their papers no later than 15 August 2018.

We can offer two stipends (of approximately € 100 each) for PhD students and/or early career scholars (up to five years after the completion of PhD) who do not have access to travel funding via their home institution. If you would like to be considered for the stipends, please send a copy of your CV to ruth.boeker [at] with the subject line “Stipends for Agency in EMP Workshop.”

We will assist with expenses for childcare in Dublin for speakers and commentators travelling with children.

Following the workshop participants are invited to join us for a historical sightseeing tour in Dublin on Saturday 29 September 2018.

Contact: Ruth Boeker,

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Hypatia word limit increased

This  is good news for feminist historians of philosophy (previously the limit was 8000 including notes and references):

Hypatia has increased the word limit for articles and musings (made possible by policy changes our publishers have made). We will now be more in line with other feminist journals. The new word limits are stated as follows: 
Manuscripts intended for review as articles should be 7,000 to 10,000 words, excluding endnotes and references. Contact the managing editor if you have reasons to be over or under a standard length submission. 
Submissions for review as musings are typically 3,000 to 4,000 words, excluding endnotes and references. 
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Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize

The Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists 

Announces  the first Ulrike Detmers

Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize

The prize of €3,000 is awarded for outstanding work on the philosopher Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Abbess of Herford (1618-1680).

Award committee:

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, Director of the Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University, Germany

Prof. Sarah Hutton, Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York, UK

Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler, Distinguished German Professor in the History of Philosophy, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers, Donor, Gütersloh, Germany

The winner will be announced during the conference ‘Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1689): Life and Legacy’ celebrating the fourth centenary of her birth.  The conference is sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie, the DFG Arbeitsgruppe, ‘Frauen in der Geschichte der Philosophie’ and the Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, University of Paderborn.

For further information on the conference, please visit

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CFP: Women in Science

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science


Call for Papers


Women in Sciences:

Historiography of Science and History of Science – Special Issue on the Work of Women in Sciences and Philosophy

• Special Issue Guest Editors:

Dr. Andrea Reichenberger, Paderborn University – Center for the History of Women Philosophers & Scientists, Paderborn, Germany



Prof. Moema Vergara, Museum of Astronomy – Mast, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Research into the history of women philosophers and scientists has long been neglected. Especially, the historiography of the 19th and 20th century has tended to exclude, marginalize and trivialize women’s contribution to scientific issues, problems and developments.

There is currently a movement toward correcting this historical bias. The past twenty-five years have seen an explosion of a re-reading and re-forming of the historiography of science, by integrating women into it.

Our aim is to approach this task by rethinking the questions through which the history of science has been structured up to the present day, bringing into the dialogue multiple perspectives and different disciplines. We strive to do so by a reassessment as based on women’s writings. The close-up of such findings demands archival research, evaluation of correspondences and reviews of citation cultures within past and contemporary science as well as an overall analysis of the historiography produced about the women in science.

We are expecting to receive submissions related to problem-orientated discussions, and reflections on methods and modeling in integrating women into the historiography of sciences. We invite contributions placing women at the forefront and confirming their role in the production of modern scientific and technical knowledge and its philosophical foundation. We especially welcome papers on the question of how women’s studies impacted on the traditional history of scientific values and approaches.

• Language: English


• Abstract–proposal: June 30th, 2018 

Peer-reviewed proposal submission: Two pages, free editing: Title, Name, Affiliation, Email, Keywords + references list, all within two pages maximum.

Please send abstract to: and

• Acceptance/rejected blind peer-reviewed abstract–proposal: July 30th, 2018

• Full peer-reviewed paper submission: January 30th, 2019

• Publication: June 2019

All submitted papers, which meet the criteria of originality and quality, will be peer–reviewed for the publication. The papers are expected to be revised (in the content, editing and English) prior to submission to this Transversal Special Issue.

For submission details, please, visit Author Guidelines


Prof. Mauro L. Condé, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Prof. Marlon J. Salomon, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil.

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Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (#DSEMP18) (Utrecht, NL)

Note that although this is a general Early Modern conference, 5 out of the 13 papers are about women philosophers! Correct me if I’m wrong, but this might be a first. Papers on Conway, Grouchy, Chatelet (2), and Avila.
Thank you Chris Meyns and Andrea Sangiacomo for organizing this!
30-31 May 2018

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Register here:


Wednesday 30 May

8:30 am     Arrival
9:00 am     Opening

9:05 am     Keynote: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): Kant’s Inquiries into a New Touchstone for Metaphysical Truth

10:30 am     Coffee

10:45 am     Adam Harmer (University of California, Riverside): Anthony Collins on Texture and Structural Emergence

11:30 am     Botond Csuka (Eötvös Loránd University): “Gentle” and “Gross” Exercises: Aesthetic Experience and Well-Being in Addison’s Essays

12:15 pm     Alan Nelson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Locke on Ideas of Reflection, Inner Sense, and the Historical Plain Method

1:00 pm     Lunch break

2:30 pm     Nathan Porter (University of Utah): Spinoza’s Theodicy (via Skype)

3:00 pm     Nastassja Pugliese (University of São Paulo): Substance and Individuation in Anne Conway as a Critique to Spinoza

3:45 pm     Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń): Sophie de Grouchy and Adam Smith: Education for Sympathy

4:30 pm     Tea

4:45 pm     Stephen Evensen (Biola University): Reading Kant Through Grotius: Is the Categorical Imperative Substantive or Procedural?

5:30 pm     Stephen Howard (KU Leuven): Physical and Psychological Forces in Wolff, Baumgarten, and Kant

Thursday 31 May 2018

8:30 am     Doors open

9:00 am     Iulia Mihai (Ghent University): Du Châtelet on the Principle of Continuity, Change and Process

9:45 am     Scott Harkema (Ohio State University): On the Role of Illusion in Du Chatelet’s Theory of Happiness

10:30 am     Coffee

10:45 am     Boris Demarest (University of Amsterdam): Soul as Nature: the Naturalist Animism of Van Helmont and Stahl

11:30 am     Keynote: Christia Mercer (Columbia University): Descartes’ Demons and Debts, or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy

1:00 pm     End

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students.


  • History of Philosophy Group, Utrecht University
  • Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University
  • Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen
  • Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy, OZSW

Chris Meyns (Utrecht)
Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen)
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Diversity Reading List

The Diversity Reading List site, advertised here two years ago,  has recently be done up and you can help make it even better by sending your suggestions here.

Making sure that a solid proportion of the readings in one’s class are by authors from under-represented groups, is not an easy task. Since such texts are likely to be less popular or less immediately available, finding them and assessing their usefulness involves considerable effort, adding to the already busy schedules of teachers and lecturers.

The Diversity Reading List is here to help you overcome this difficulty. It offers an quick way of finding texts and evaluating their relevance for your teaching. You can search the list for specific texts, authors or keywords, or browse by topic in a easily navigable structure of categories inspired by PhilPapers. Whenever possible, we included abstracts, author’s keywords, and links to online versions of texts and other resources.


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