Conference: Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics, at the University of Notre Dame, 26-28 April 2018.


e_milie_du_cha_teletIn 2009, Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser published a partial translation of Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics. Since 2014, faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame have worked to complete the translation (see This conference celebrates the completion of the project.

The conference will feature talks, presentations, and discussions of the text, its philosophical and historical context and significance, and ways of incorporating Du Châtelet’s philosophy into undergraduate teaching.

For more information, and registration, please go to:
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Workshop in Paderborn The Unknown Du Châtelet: Inedita from St. Petersburg

The Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists recently acquired the Du Châtelet manuscripts contained in the Voltaire Collection of the Russian National Library at Saint Petersburg. In this workshop, the Center’s working group that focuses on the respective writings will give an introduction into new aspects of the Du Châtelet research arising from their insights into the manuscripts.


The Unknown Du Châtelet: Inedita from St. Petersburg

2018, January 23rd, 4 – 8 pm

Room: O1.258

Welcome and Commentaries

Sarah Hutton (University of York)


Stefanie Ertz (Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn)

Inedita from St. Petersburg: some new details from the intellectual biography of Mme Du Châtelet

Elena Muceni (Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn)

Emilie Du Châtelet’s intellectual background

Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn University)

Du Châtelet on social order and the foundations of morals

Guest Talk

George Vlahakis (Hellenic Open University Patras)

The “Greek” Emilie and her role for the re-appearance of metaphysics in natural philosophy books during modern Greek Enlightenment


All are welcomed to attend!


For more information, please visit



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Mary Wollstonecraft Audiobook



We are in the process of creating audio books for selected texts, starting with Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” and Hume’s first “Enquiry”, to be followed soon by Descartes’s “Meditations”, and Mill’s “On Liberty”. These will be presented with a strong woman’s voice, that of  Mil Nicholson, acclaimed for her readings of Charles Dickens.

The website receives about 55,000 visits per month.

Comments on the audio or any other aspect of the project can be sent to the text-preparer Jonathan Bennett at

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Eileen O’Neill – RIP

Below is a list of links to obituaries and remembrances for Eileen O’Neill, who shaped the the sub-discipline of the history of women philosophers.

RiP: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Eric Schliesser in Disgressions and Impressions

Eileen O’Neill, 1953-2017 (obituary by Christia Mercer)

Christia Mercer in Daily Nous

Guest Post by Lisa Shapiro: RiP: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Lisa Shapiro in Disgressions and Impressions

Eileen O’Neill: Obituary

Christia Mercer and Louise Anthony in Feminist Philosophers.

In Memoriam: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog.

A lecture by Eileen O’Neil (introduced by Christia Mercer)

Eileen O’Neill’s “Disappearing Ink:Early Modern Women Philosophers and Their Fate in History”.


Please contact me if there is a link you would like me to add.

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CFP Special Issue: Women & Language

The Following CPF may be of interest to those of you interested in the history of gender identity. 

Special Issue: Women & Language

Guest Editor: Leland G. Spencer, Miami University

Transcending the Acronym: Genders, Sexes, Sexualities, and Gender Identities Beyond “LGBT”

Article Deadline: January 31, 2018

Critical studies of gender, sex, sexuality, and gender identity have many goals, and certainly one includes the effort to trouble, interrogate, and upend binaries, dichotomies, and rigid categories—and the naturalization thereof. Despite these underlying theoretical commitments many of us share, research about sexuality and gender identity often subtly reinscribes many of the categories and even binaries it purports to disavow. The ubiquitous initialism LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), sometimes extended to become more inclusive by adding a Q for “queer” or “questioning” or an A for “ally” or “asexual,” often obscures as much as it clarifies. For instance, the acronym problematically conflates gender identity and sexuality, leading to dubious conclusions in articles that claim to report results about “LGBT” people but have actually only surveyed cisgender gay and lesbian people. The acronym also leaves out a range of sexualities and gender identities, and the ones it represents overemphasize colonized, Western, and White understandings of sexuality and gender identity.

Thus, this special issue invites articles that explore identities and expressions of gender, sex, sexuality, and gender identity not typically contained in the acronym, including analyses that interrogate the acronym and its hegemony as such. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • pansexuality,
  • asexuality,
  • skoliosexuality,
  • agender,
  • genderqueer,
  • quare,
  • intersex,
  • two spirit,
  • polyamory,
  • third gender,
  • gender fluidity,
  • and many more.

All types of original research are welcome, including but not limited to: quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical, theoretical, historical, performative, creative/artistic, and autoethnographic. Contributions that consider intersections of various axes of difference are especially encouraged, as are articles that consider non-Western understandings of gender, sex, sexuality, and gender identity. Articles may have any of the following goals (again, not an exhaustive list):

  • definition and theorization of terms,
  • offering histories and best practices for language use,
  • analysis of experiences of persons at particular social locations,
  • criticism of portrayals or representations in media,
  • theoretically informed analysis of personal experiences,
  • social movement criticism,
  • or examination of the influence of social institutions such as education, statist violence, religion, workplaces and the economy, or healthcare practices.

Articles should follow the general guidelines for manuscripts to be submitted to Women & Language but should be submitted by email to Dr. Leland G. Spencer, Inquiries about the issue may be sent to the same email address.

Article deadline: January 31, 2018 

A PDF version of this call may be downloaded at:

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Intensive Seminar on Teaching New Narratives in Early Modern Philosophy

Intensive Seminar on Teaching New Narratives in Early Modern Philosophy

June 25 – June 29, 2018, Simon Fraser University


In this intensive weeklong seminar, we will work through a range of primary source materials by non-canonical authors, both women and men, to be included in a new teaching anthology (edited by Shapiro and Lascano) with an eye to interpreting texts, identifying philosophical themes within those texts, and devising creative ways to incorporate those texts into courses that can serve a range of purposes within the philosophical curriculum.

A familiarity with the standard early modern canon will be presupposed.

The intensive seminar responds to at least two issues facing the teaching of early modern philosophy. First, the familiar canon of seven philosophers (Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant) has become a bit ossified. While the integration of the history of science has helped to revitalize and introduce some new figures into early modern philosophy, it has not helped us address a second issue: the need to do a better job of incorporating women philosophers into the history of philosophy, and in particular into the history of early modern philosophy. To address these issues, and especially the second one, it helps to attend to an array of lesser known, yet still quite influential, philosophers of the period, both men and women.

Over the past several years, interest in European women philosophers of the early modern period has intensified rapidly. Yet while there is a lot of interest, there are also many challenges.  For one, it is often challenging to delve into texts with which one is unfamiliar without a body of philosophical secondary literature to serve as a guide. Equally, women of the period often write in an array of genres, further complicating the interpretive work. Furthermore, even if one has found one’s way with these texts, women philosophers often take familiar themes in unfamiliar directions, and it can be a challenge to rethink the standard early modern philosophy course so as to include women thinkers as philosophers in their own right.  Looking in detail not only at women thinkers but also at a range of non-canonical men is helpful because the themes that often engaged women thinkers were of interest not only to other (male) non-canonical philosophers as well, but also to the more familiar canonical figures. In addition, it is worth noting that most of the philosophers of the period wrote in a variety of genres, not just the women.

Directors: Lisa Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University and Marcy Lascano, Professor of Philosophy, California State University at Long Beach. Marguerite Deslauriers, Professor of Philosophy, McGill University, will provide additional instructional support.

Theme: Early Modern European Philosophy: Addressing the Challenges of Revitalizing the Early Modern Canon and Incorporating Women Thinkers into the Narrative

Dates:  June 25 – June 29, 2018

Location:  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, CANADA

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2018

Applications should include the following and be sent to

  • ·      Current CV
  • ·      Contact information for two references
  • ·      Letter of application (preferably 2-3 pages, and no longer than 4 pages) explaining your own background and research interests, your interest in the seminar, and your prior teaching experience and approaches to teaching early modern philosophy

Notification Date:  March 1, 2018.  We expect to be able to accept up to 16 applicants for this intensive seminar.

Accept or Decline Offer by: March 8, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:  We invite applications from philosophers at various stages of their career from advanced ABD PhD candidates to mid-career faculty. We expect that the majority of selected participants will have prior experience teaching a course in early modern philosophy. Thus, while not required, such experience is desirable.

Stipend: Individuals selected to participate in this intensive seminar will receive shared housing (a private room in a townhouse, with linens provided and a shared modestly equipped kitchen) at Simon Fraser University from 24-30 June, as well as reimbursement for other expenses up to approximately CAD 1700, consistent with SFU policy (to include economy class airfare, transportation to/from airports and a per diem at the official rate).

Support for this intensive seminar is provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through a Partnership Development Grant, as well as the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the SFU Philosophy Department.

Contact Haley Brennan at with any questions.

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New Book: Women on Liberty 1600-1800

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Table of contents: 

Introduction, Jacqueline Broad and Karen Detlefsen
Part I: Ethical and Political Liberty
1: Liberty and Feminism in Early Modern Women’s Writing, Karen Detlefsen
2: François Poulain de la Barre on the Subjugation of Women, Martina Reuter
3: Gabrielle Suchon’s ‘Neutralist’: The Status of Women and the Invention of Autonomy, Lisa Shapiro
4: Marriage, Slavery, and the Merger of Wills: Responses to Sprint, 1700-01, Jacqueline Broad
5: Locke, Enlightenment, and Liberty in the Works of Catharine Macaulay and her Contemporaries, Karen Green
6: Mary Wollstonecraft and Freedom as Independence, Lena Halldenius
7: Sophie de Grouchy, The Tradition(s) of Two Liberties, and the Missing Mother(s) of Liberalism, Eric Schliesser
8: Liberty of Mind: Women Philosophers and the Freedom to Philosophize, Sarah Hutton
Part II: Metaphysical and Religious Liberty
9: Freedom and Necessity in the Work of Margaret Cavendish, Deborah Boyle
10: Anne Conway on Liberty, Marcy P. Lascano
11: Mary Astell on Liberty, Alice Sowaal
12: If I were King! Morals and Physics in Emilie Du Châtelet’s Subtle Thoughts on Liberty, Ruth Hagengruber
13: Creation, Divine Freedom, and Catharine Cockburn: An Intellectualist on Possible Worlds and Contingent Laws, Emily Thomas

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