New Book on Czech Women Philosophers

This book examines the most important Czech women philosophers and scientists. It highlights the lives and achievements of a group that has often not received the recognition they deserve. Chapters provide a systematic description and critical evaluation of the impact these women had on the history of philosophy and science.

“The last few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in the history of women philosophers and scientists in various cultural contexts. Since the pioneering edition of A History of Women Philosophers (1987-1995) by Mary Ellen Waithe, historical research has shone a light on many women whose work was unjustly disregarded. It is our aim to contribute to the research completing the gaps in the traditional history of philosophy and science by turning attention to the women in Czech territory.”

Introduction by Zdeňka Jastrzembská, Dagmar Pichová and Jan Zouhar

After an opening chapter on the status of women philosophers and scientists in the period before 1820, the book explores the role women played in the 19th century rise of Czech culture (Czech National Revival). The following chapter then introduces the situation of Czech women philosophers and scientists in the 20th century. The authors base the material on analysis of key works and the characteristics of contemporary debates in which these women participated.

The volume describes the complex conditions of women in Czech history in relation to the position of learned women in other European countries. The authors also emphasize their link to the historical background. This encompassing coverage helps provide readers with a richer understanding of these important women and the period in which they lived. Academicians and the general public alike will also learn about the political and social limitations these women faced and the influence of historical conditions on their work.

Dagmar Pichová visited the Center in May 2018 and gave a talk on Czech women philosophers.

 

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