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Makes a significant contribution to the creation of a critical history of the philosophy of gender
Gives an account the recovery and re-evaluation of women's philosophical writing since Christine de Pizan
Introduces newly recovered female figures in history of philosophy of gender, and history of feminist social and political philosophy
Brings together the work of an international group of leading historians of philosophy and political thought
Over the course of the past twenty-five years, feminist theory has had a forceful impact upon the history of Western philosophy. The present collection of essays has as its primary aim to evaluate past women’s published philosophical work, and to introduce readers to newly recovered female figures; the collection will also make contributions to the history of the philosophy of gender, and to the history of feminist social and political philosophy, insofar as the collection will discuss women’s views on these issues.
The volume contains contributions by an international group of leading historians of philosophy and political thought, whose scholarship represents some of the very best work being done in North and Central America, Canada, Europe and Australia.
About the Contributors.- Introduction; Eileen O'Neill.- I. The History of Metaphysics, Epistemology and Natural Philosophy.- 1. The Methodological Principles Behind Anne Conway's Principles; Christia Mercer.- 2. Sensible and rational knowledge in the epistemological thought of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Laura Benítez Grobet.- 3. Emilie du Châtelet on the Use of Hypothesis and Metaphysics in Science; Karen Detlefsen.- 4. Lady Mary Shepherd on Causality and Causal Reasoning; Martha Brandt Bolton.- II. The History of Moral Philosophy and Moral Psychology, and Philosophy of Mind.- 5. Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia on the Cartesian Mind: Interaction, Happiness, Freedom; Tad M. Schmaltz.- 6. Amour, Ambition and Amitié: Marie Thiroux D’Arconville on Passion and Virtue; Lisa Shapiro.- 7. Simone de Beauvoir and Madeleine de Scudéry on the Self-Other Dialectic; Nancy Bauer.- 8. Sophie de Grouchy, Marquise de Condorcet: Wisdom and Reform between Reason and Feeling; Eric Schliesser.- 9. George Eliot: Literature as Experimental Philosophy; Moira Gatens.- III: The History of Feminist Social and Political Philosophy.- 10. Virtue Ethics and the Origins of Feminism: the Case of Christine de Pizan; Karen Green.- 11. Marie de Gournay and Aristotle; Marguerite Deslauriers.- 12. Astell and the History of Political Philosophy; Patricia Springborg.- 13. Damaris Cudworth Masham: Toleration and Women’s Education in Occasional Thoughts; Jacqueline Broad.- 14. Taking Liberty: Politics and Feminism in Margaret Cavendish and Catharine Macaulay; Sarah Hutton.- 15. Mary Wollstonecraft’s Contributions to Modern Political Philosophy; Eileen Hunt Botting.- Bibliography.- Index.