Of course women are not entirely absent from the history of philosophy and that brings us to the second challenge we face. Heloise a philosopher who eventually became a nun is probably most well known for her tragic love affair with peter abelard but she was famous in her own time for her intellect and was a very early believer in a fairly radical feminist philosophy.
Some women philosophers were accepted during the medieval and modern eras but none became part of the western canon until the 20th and 21st century when some sources indicate that susanne langer g e m.
Modern women philosophers. Originally hailing from new york she is now a professor at the university of chicago she is a passionate and fervent advocate of women s rights and her views on feminism are elaborate bold and always fruitfully controversial. Volume iii modern women philosophers published in 1991 covers the period 1600 1900 and thus margaret cavendish kristina queen of sweden anne finch viscountess conway sor juana who is often considered simply as a literary figure or poet rather than as a thinker in her own right mary wollstonecraft harriet hardy taylor mill and literally several dozen others. In ancient philosophy in asia women made many vital contributions.
470 400 bce arete of cyrene 4th century bce hipparchia of maroneia 4th century bce nicarete of megara. Anne conway suffered from severe migraines and is said to have. Margaret atherton ed women philosophers of the early modern period atherton s book contains selections from elisabeth of bohemia anne conway damaris masham margaret cavendish cathatine.
The entries below cover women in britain north america france and germany between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. Canonical philosophers have had plenty to say about women and what we are like. Her one surviving work principles of the most ancient and modern philosophy was published posthumously and anonymously in 1690.
I basically learned how to do feminist epistemology and philosophy of science from studying her work. Which female philosophers in your field s. That is my most influential paper aiming to redirect the focus of egalitarianism.
They are figures who have contributed to the history and development of modern philosophy. Which contemporary female philosophers have inspired you and why. Feminist philosophers are faced with a tradition that believes that there are no women philosophers and if there are any they are unimportant.
An amazing feminist philosopher a model not only to all who want to learn how to do feminist philosophy but to all who want to advance social justice. Anscombe hannah arendt and simone de beauvoir entered the canon. In a field severely dominated by men even more so than hardcore sciences martha nussbaum compensates for this in two ways.
Modern women philosophers doi. Maitreyi later vedic period gargi vachaknavi born about 700 bce theano of croton 6th century bce aristoclea of delphi 6th century bce aspasia of miletus approx.