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!