I have just come across Anne Dacier (1647-1720). She achieved some fame as a classicist and translator, during her life time and after her death. Looking at her work, however, it looks as though she might also have been a philosopher: she wrote two treatises on Aesthetics, in which she discusses Aristotelian mimesis.
I’d be interested to know whether anyone has written about her aesthetics, and whether she features in any reading list for aesthetics or history of art courses.
There is a very brief reference to her second treatise on the interpretation of Homer in the Stanford Encyclopedia entry on French 18th Century aesthetics.
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