What first struck me about the figure of Philosophy and the book when I finally
got to read it was that the woman Philosophy, reminded me in some way of Diotima
in Plato’s Symposium. Diotima is a woman and at the same time, she is an elevated
figure that is described as wise (sophe) and having achieved wisdom in contrast to the
wisdom lovers in the Symposium.
– Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, Chapter 6: The Torn Robe of Philosophy:
Philosophy as a Woman in The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
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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