The Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers, ECC for short, is the first online encyclopedia that exclusively contains entries on concepts from the work of female philosophers. The ECC is an open access database developed by the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists that went online on June 15, 2018.
The world of philosophy is rapidly expanding. New technological advances give us quicker, broader, more complete access to new knowledge. We read Hannah Arendt on our phones. We study Edith Stein on our tablets. New historical information about women’s contributions is generating new knowledge, warranting reconsideration of the standard histories of the discipline – especially in times such as these.
But one thing about human nature has not changed: our ability to comprehend succinct, but concise philosophical concepts, like “thinking”. And thus was born the idea for this encyclopedia: to create a living, growing work filled with new information from an ancient discipline, adapted to up to date technology.
We are giving this challenge to scholars around the globe: in 100-300 words explain a concept as it was developed by a woman philosopher. Append to each essay a short bibliography of the most relevant articles and books in which that philosopher’s concept is developed or discussed. Digital publication has never been easier.
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