Much of the work of women philosophers in the past 15 years
has been a work of recovery. That work has borne fruit both in terms of
the number of female philosophers that have been brought into
focus and in terms of a better understanding of their philosophy.
The success of this enterprise is largely owing to the historical approach
to philosopy adopted by women historians of philosophy.
One might even call it a kind of archaeology, since it involved finding out
who they were, locating them, exhuming them from oblivion and restoring them to view.
– Sarah Hutton, Chapter 3: “Context” and “Fortuna” in the History of Women Philosophers: A Diachronic Perspective
This 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.
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