Recovering Early Modern Writers: Some Tensions

Author(s)Jessica Gordon-Roth and Nancy Kendrick
AbstractFeminist work in the history of philosophy has been going on for several decades. Some scholars have focused on the ways philosophical concepts are themselves gendered. Others have recovered women writers who were well known in their own time but forgotten in ours, while still others have firmly placed into a philosophical context the works of women writers long celebrated within other disciplines in the humanities. The recovery of women writers has challenged the myth that there are no women in the history of philosophy, but it has not eradicated it. What, we may ask, is impeding our progress? This paper argues that so often we treat early modern women philosophers’ texts in ways that are different from, or inconsistent with, the explicit commitments of the analytic tradition, and in so doing, we may be triggering our audiences to reject these women as philosophers, and their texts as philosophical. Moreover, this is the case despite our intention to achieve precisely the opposite effect.
Keywordsanalytic tradition, Astell, canon expansion, Cavendish, Cockburn, Conway, early modern women, feminist history of philosophy, implicit bias, philosophical authority
Date Published April 4, 2019
Pages268 – 285
Google Scholar Link,5
Open Access?No

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