Women in the History of Philosophy and Science

2019, Ruth E. Hagengruber published  a paper on Relocating Women in the History of Philosophy and Science. Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), Laura Bassi (1711-1778), and Luise Gottsched (1713-1762) in Brucker’s Pinacotheca.

Abstract:  Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), Laura Bassi (1711-1778), and Luise Gottsched (1713-1762) were three philosophers and scientists of outstanding im-portance in their epoch. However, the attribution of importance and reputation to women’s intellectual achievements in this period is a case of its own. This paper investigates the methodical attempt of 18th century historiography, presenting the example of Jakob Brucker and his Pinacoteca to relocate intellectual women in his history of philosophy and science. The relative integration of women into the 18th century intellectual sphere is the starting point of this methodical investigation to retrace its ‘why and how’

On th  15th of December, the fourth workshop dedicated to ‘Women, Philosophy of Nature and Science’ will be held at Sala Silvestri, organised by the Institute for the European Intellectual Lexicon and History of Ideas of the CNR in collaboration with the Department of Cultures, Education and Society of the University of Calabria and the patronage of the Department of Human and Social Sciences Cultural Heritage of the CNR.

The seminar, inaugurated in 2019, is renewed on an annual basis and is intended as a permanent workshop dedicated to women’s writing and thought; it thus aims to contribute to the definition of a more inclusive narrative of the history of philosophical and scientific thought in which female authors and thinkers, who are mostly excluded in traditional reconstructions of the history of culture, can also find their rightful place.

The workshop is organized by Delfina Giovannozzi and Sandra Plastina.

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