Ruth Hagengruber, director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, on rewriting the history of philosophy:
“Although women were restricted in their access to education and participation in society, such restrictions could not completely prevent them from thinking and writing. Incorporating their ideas into the history of philosophy means much more than simply adding a second pile of books adjacent to the first one. When we investi- gate the history of female philosophers, we do not merely exchange one canon for another, in which the same things are said and the same topics examined. Rather, the canon shaped by female philosophers has its own characteristics and traditions, and it can be read both as a history of resistance and critique, and as a tradition of advances and of original contributions. The material brought to light gives us cause to rethink both our concepts and interpretations of the history of philosophy in general and our view of the history of female philosophers in particular.”
Hagengruber, Ruth. “Cutting through the Veil of Ignorance. Rewriting the History of Philosophy”. The Monist. 2015; 98:34-42.
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