Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Project Vox

Project Vox would like to announce the newest philosopher entry on our site, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz!

Born at the end of the Spanish “Golden Century,” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) is, in many senses, the perfect embodiment of the Baroque spirit. Her poetry and her plays have been the object of dozens of scholarly studies and monographs, all of which recognize her immense literary talent and her amazing poetic abilities. However, one aspect of Sor Juana’s polymathy that has received comparatively little attention is her engagement with philosophical questions. Though her philosophical work is not presented in conventional forms such as treatises or dialogues, some of her poetry (in particular, the epistemological poem First Dream, which is considered her masterpiece) and her letters (the Letter Worthy of Athena and the Reply to Sor Filotea) offer novel suggestions regarding the relationship between dreams and knowledge, the connection between the natural and the divine, and original arguments supporting the right of women to study and be educated. 

In other news:

A year in review: over the past year Project Vox has reached over 17,000 viewers from 150 countries around the world.

Check out our newest blog series, Project Vox Classroom! If you work in or are a student of Philosophy education, k-12 or college-level, and would like to contribute, please reach out to projectvox@duke.edu.

One of our most read blog posts over the past year is Deepshikha Sharma’s Revealing Voices post entitled “Forgotten Women”; Deepshikha highlights marginalized women philosophers in the Indian Philosophical Canon. 

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