Catrine Val: Female Wisdom in Philosophy

Is philosophy really only about texts? Find out in Chapter 14 of Springer Book Series Vol. III, "Catrine Val: Female Wisdom in Philosophy".

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“This philosophical project celebrates the powerful presence of independent women thinkers, reformers and mystics through the ages,
from all parts of the world, and imagines their reappearance today.  The history of philosophy has been dominated, almost exclusively,
by men leaving the important contributions of women to the discipline invisible.”

– Catrine Val on her project “Philosopher, the Female Wisdom


In Chapter 14 of “Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy”, the third volume of the Springer Book Series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences, Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir discusses the relevance of Val’s project for women in the history of philosophy today. The book introduces methodological concepts aimed at including women in the canon of the history of philosophy. The history of women philosophers is as long and strong as the history of philosophy, and this holds true not only for the European tradition, as the research of women philosophers of the past shows. The phenomenon of ignoring and excluding women in 19th and 20th century views on the history of philosophy was a result of the patriarchal tradition that ostracized women in general. In this book, leading feminist philosophers discuss methodologies for including women thinkers in the canon and curricula of philosophy. How does the recovery of women thinkers and their philosophies change our view of the past, and how does a different view of the past affect us in the present? Studying a richer and more pluralistic history of philosophy presents us with worlds we have never entered and have never been able to approach. This book will appeal to philosophers and intellectual historians wanting to view the history of philosophy in a new light and who are in favor of an inclusive perspective on that history.

Discover more about the book series here.

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