Three female philosophers you’ve probably never heard of in the field of big consciousness – Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas crafted this piece on Idealists Mary Calkins, May Sinclair, and Hilda Oakeley, for The Conversation, and we’re sharing it in honour of World Philosophy Day.

Ask anyone to name a philosopher and they’ll likely name a man. So, let’s turn the spotlight on three women: Mary Calkins, May Sinclair, and Hilda Oakeley. They each defended “idealism” – the idea that consciousness composes, or somehow pervades, the universe we live in.

Big consciousness theories are trending right now. Ecologists such as Suzanne Simard argue trees can “talk”, and philosophers such as Philip Goff argue elementary particles exhibit basic forms of consciousness. These women should be remembered as part of this blooming tradition.

Happy World Philosophy Day!

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