An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers

An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers


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The historical exclusion of women's voices has diminished academic disciplines, including philosophy. In this groundbreaking new account of Western philosophy throughout the past 2,600 years, Karen J. Warren has paired sixteen women philosophers along-side their historical male contemporaries in conversations on philosophy. An overview essay, together with chapter introductions, primary readings, and expert commentaries, offer a rich description and evaluation of each philosopher's vital contributions to Western philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742559233
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2008
Pages: 572
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Karen J. Warren is professor of philosophy at Macalester College. She is a pioneer in ecofeminist philosophy and is the author of Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What It is and Why It Matters.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Including Women in "Ancient and Medieval Philosophies" Henry R. West xi

Preface Karen J. Warren xiii

Lead Essay: 2,600 Years of the History of Western Philosophy Without Women: This Book as a Unique, Gender-Inclusive Alternative Karen J. Warren 1

1 Plato and Diotima 27

Introduction Karen J. Warren 27

Excerpts of Writings by Plato and Speech Attributed to Diotima 36

Diotima and Plato: On Love, Desire, and Wisdom Commentary by Eve A. Browning 53

2 Aristotle and the Late Pythagorean Women Periktione and Theano 63

Introduction Karen J. Warren 63

Excerpts of Writings by Aristotle and the Late Pythagorean Women 67

The Late Pythagorean Women and Aristotle: Contextual Ethics Commentary by Vicki Lynn Harper 78

3 Augustine and Hildegard 93

Introduction Karen J. Warren 93

Excerpts of Writings by Augustine and Hildegard 97

Hildegard of Bingen and Augustine of Hippo: A Conversation Across Centuries Commentary by Judith Chelius Stark 115

4 Abelard and Heloise 127

Introduction Karen J. Warren 127

Excerpts of Writings by Abelard and Heloise 131

Heloise and Abelard: Love, Sex, and Morality Commentary by Mary Ellen Waithe 147

5 Descartes and Elisabeth 157

Introduction Karen J. Warren 157

Excerpts of Writings from the Correspondence of Descartes and Elisabeth 161

Princess Elisabeth and Descartes: A Philosophical Correspondence Commentary by Andrea Nye 177

6 Hobbes and Macaulay 189

Introduction Karen J. Warren 189

Excerpts of Writings by Hobbes and Macaulay 193

Macaulay and Hobbes: Citizens and Subjects Commentary by Catherine Villanueva Gardner 211

7 Locke and Masham 223

Introduction Karen J. Warren223

Excerpts of Writings by Locke and Masham 228

Masham and Locke: Reason, Religion, and Education Commentary by Lois Frankel 245

8 Leibniz and Conway 259

Introduction Karen J. Warren 259

Excerpts of Writings by Leibniz and Conway 263

Conway and Leibniz: The Ideal and the Real Commentary by Jane Duran 277

9 Rousseau and Wollstonecraft 289

Introduction Karen J. Warren 289

Excerpts of Writings by Rousseau and Wollstonecraft 293

Wollstonecraft and Rousseau: Philosophers of Controversy Commentary by Kate Lindemann 305

10 Kant and van Schurman 317

Introduction Karen J. Warren 317

Excerpts of Writings by Kant and van Schurman 323

van Schurman and Kant: Logic in The Learned Maid; Thinking in Critique of Pure Reason Commentary by Therese Boos Dykeman 342

11 Mill and Taylor 355

Introduction Karen J. Warren 355

Excerpts of Writings by Mill and Taylor 359

Taylor and Mill: Joining Forces to Contest the Subordination of Women Commentary by Jo Ellen Jacobs 380

12 Heidegger and Arendt 389

Introduction Karen J. Warren 389

Excerpts of Writings by Heidegger and Arendt 392

Arendt and Heidegger: The Life of the Mind, the Life of Action Commentary by Elizabeth Minnich 404

13 Dewey and Addams 419

Introduction Karen J. Warren 419

Excerpts of Writings by Dewey and Addams 423

Addams and Dewey: Pragmatism, Expression, and Community Commentary by Marilyn Fischer 441

14 Wittgenstein and Anscombe 455

Introduction Karen J. Warren 455

Excerpts of Writings by Wittgenstein and Anscombe 460

Anscombe and Wiggenstein: A Public Voice for Philosophy Commentary by Joy Laine 476

15 Sartre and Beauvoir 489

Introduction Karen J. Warren 489

Excerpts of Writings by Sartre and Beauvoir 493

Beauvoir and Sartre: The Problem of the Other Commentary by Edward Fullbrook and Margaret A. Simons 509

Appendix A Some Women Philosophers 525

Appendix B 2,600 Years of Gender-Exclusive Philosophy: Enough is Enough! A Student Perspective by the Book's Research Assistant Audun Solli 531

Glossary 535

About the Contributors 551

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