Springer Book Series: Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences

Editors: Ruth Hagengruber, Mary Ellen Waithe, Gianenrico Paganini

Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences

ISSN: 2523-8760

“As the historical records prove, women have long been creating original contributions to philosophy. We have valuable writings from female philosophers from antiquity and the Middle Ages, and a continuous tradition from the Renaissance to today. The history of women philosophers thus stretches back as far as the history of philosophy itself. The presence as well as the absence of women philosophers throughout the course of history parallels the history of philosophy as a whole. Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, and Simone de Beauvoir, the most famous representatives of this tradition in the twentieth century, did not appear from nowhere. They stand, so to speak, on the shoulders of the female titans who came before them. The ever-growing market of scholars and students of women’s contributions to philosophy and science is a strong indicator that the series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences will be successful as the series Women Philosophers and Scientists published by Springer VS, the 4-Volume series a History of Women Philosophers and several other works the editors have published with Springer. WHPS will be of interest not only to the international philosophy community, but also for scholars in history of science and mathematics, the history of ideas, and in women’s studies.”

  • Volume I: Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology
    Luft, Sebastian and Hagengruber, Ruth (2018): Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG. 

    ISBN 978-3-319-97861-1

    “This edited volume examines women’s voices in phenomenology, many of which had a formative impact on the movement but have be kept relatively silent for many years. It features papers that truly extend the canonical scope of phenomenological research. Readers will discover the rich philosophical output of such scholars as Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and Gerda Walther. They will also come to see how the phenomenological movement allowed its female proponents to achieve a position in the academic world few women could enjoy at the time.

    The book explores the intersection of social ontology, phenomenology, and women scholars in phenomenology. The papers offer a fresh look at such topics as the nature of communities, shared values, feelings, and other mental content. In addition, coverage examines the contributions of Jewish women to the science, who were present at the beginning of the phenomenological movement. This remarkable anthology also features a paper on Gerda Walther written by Linda Lopez McAlister, former editor of the feminist journal Hypatia, who had met Walther in 1976.

    This book features work from the conference “Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology,” held at the University of Paderborn. Overall, it collects profiles and analysis that unveil a hidden history of phenomenology.”

  • Volume II: Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion
    Calcagno, Antonio (2018): Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

     ISBN: 978-3-319-97592-4

    “This book explores the philosophical writings of Gerda Walther (1897–1977). It features essays that recover large parts of Walther’s oeuvre in order to show her contribution to phenomenology and philosophy. In addition, the volume contains an English translation of part of her major work on mysticism.

    The essays consider the interdisciplinary implications of Gerda Walther’s ideas. A student of Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein, and Alexander Pfänder, she wrote foundational studies on the ego, community, mysticism and religion, and consciousness. Her discussions of empathy, identification, the ego and ego-consciousness, alterity, God, mysticism, sensation, intentionality, sociality, politics, and woman are relevant not only to phenomenology and philosophy but also to scholars of religion, women’s and gender studies, sociology, political science, and psychology.

    Gerda Walther was one of the important figures of the early phenomenological movement. However, as a woman, she could not habilitate at a German university and was, therefore, denied a position. Her complete works have yet to be published. This ground-breaking volume not only helps readers discover a vital voice but it also demonstrates the significant contributions of women to early phenomenological thinking.”


  • Volume III: Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy
    Thorgeirsdottir, Sigridur and Hagengruber, Ruth (2020): Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-44420-4

    “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. “

  • Volume IV: Women, Philosophy and Science
    Ebbersmeyer, Sabrina and Paganini, Gianni (2020): Women, Philosophy and Science, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-44547-8

    “This book sheds light on the originality and historical significance of women’s philosophical, moral, political and scientific ideas in Italy and early modern Europe. Divided into three sections, it starts by discussing the women philosophers’ engagement with the classical inheritance with regard to the works of Moderata Fonte, Tullia d’Aragona and Anne Conway. The next section examines the relationship between women philosophers and the new philosophy of nature, focusing on the connections between female thought and the new seventeenth- and eighteenth-century science, and discussing the work of Camilla Erculiani, Margherita Sarocchi, Margaret Cavendish, Mariangela Ardinghelli, Teresa Ciceri, Candida Lena Perpenti, and Alessandro Volta. The final section presents male philosophers’ perspectives on the role of women, discussing the place of women in the work of Giordano Bruno, Poulain de la Barre and the theories of Hobbes and Rawls. By exploring these women philosophers, writers and translators, the book offers a re-examination of the early modern thinking of and about women in Italy.”


  • Volume V: Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology
    Hart, James G. and Parker, Rodney K. B. (2020): Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-44841-7

    “This work is an introduction to the totality of the metaphysical philosophy of nature of Hedwig Conrad-Martius (1888-1966). Her own training and inclination as a realist phenomenologist enables a unique perspective on central issues in modern and contemporary (twentieth century) theoretical biology and physics. Here we find novel theories of, e.g., space and time, as well as development and evolution. This work is thus of interest to anyone studying the history of the phenomenological movement as well as religious cosmology.
    The philosophical basis for this cosmology is Conrad-Martius’ “realontology” which is a phenomenological account of the essence of appearing reality. The full elaboration of the modes of appearing of what is real enables the unfolding of an analogical theory of “selfness” within the order of nature culminating in an account of the coming to be of humans, for whom there is an essentially distinctive world- and self-manifestation for which she reserves the term “spirit.” Key to her position is the revival of ancient metaphysical themes in new transformed guises, especially potentiality and entelechy.
    Nature’s status, as a self-actuation of world-constituting essence-entelechies, places Conrad-Martius in the middle of philosophical-theological discussions of, e.g., the hermeneutical mandate of demythologization as well as the nature of evolution. Of special interest is her insistence on both nature’s self-actuating and evolving powers and a robust theory of creation.”

  • Volume VI: Against All Odds
    Kaufholz-Soldat, Eva, M.R. and Oswald, Nicola (2020): Against All Odds, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-47609-0

    “This book presents an overview of the ways in which women have been able to conduct mathematical research since the 18th century, despite their general exclusion from the sciences. Grouped into four thematic sections, the authors concentrate on well-known figures like Sophie Germain and Grace Chisholm Young, as well as those who have remained unnoticed by historians so far. Among them are Stanisława Nidodym, the first female students at the universities in Prague at the turn of the 20th century, and the first female professors of mathematics in Denmark. Highlighting individual biographies, couples in science, the situation at specific European universities, and sociological factors influencing specific careers from the 18th century to the present, the authors trace female mathematicians’ status as it evolved from singular and anomalous to virtually commonplace.
    The book also offers insights into the various obstacles women faced when trying to enter perhaps the “most male” discipline of all, and how some of them continue to shape young girls’ self-perceptions and career choices today. Thus, it will benefit scholars and students in STEM disciplines, gender studies and the history of science; women in science, mathematics and at institutions, and those working in mathematics education.”

  • Volume VII: The Legacy of Tatjana Afanassjewa
    Uffink, J., Valente, G. and Werndl, C., Zuchowski (2021): The Legacy of Tatjana Afanassjewa, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-47970-1

    “This book presents a collection of essays that explore the life and works of Tatjana Afanassjewa (1876–1964), a Russian–Dutch physicist–mathematician. Readers will discover a scientist whose work on the foundations of thermodynamics significantly influenced the field itself as well as the philosophy of physics. This book highlights the philosophical consequences of her work in physics and mathematics and discusses historical aspects of her writings on the foundations of physics. In addition, it features English translations and critical reviews of key selections from her texts.
    First and foremost, the book highlights the numerous contributions that Afanassjewa made to the field. In particular, the authors examine her work on the foundations of thermodynamics and statistical physics, starting in the 1920s and extending to 1956, well after the untimely death of her husband in 1933. They also explore her almost entirely forgotten work on the didactics of mathematics. In addition, they discuss her influential collaboration with her husband, the Austrian physicist Paul Ehrenfest (1880–1933).
    The portrait that emerges is that of a highly original physicist and mathematician, whose legacy continues to influence scientists and philosophers today and whose lesser-known works deserve more attention than they have received. Readers will find a rich body of work that continues to this day to yield insights into the foundations of physics and mathematics.”

  • Volume VIII: Hedwig Conrad-Martius
    Miron, Ronny (2021): Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-68782-3

    “This volume, the first of its kind written in English, interprets the realistic-phenomenological philosophy of Hedwig Conrad-Martius (1888-1966). She was a prominent figure in the Munich-Göttingen Circle, the first generation of phenomenology after Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), and was known as the “first lady of German philosophy”. The articles included in this collection deal with the two main themes constituting her realistic-metaphysical phenomenology: Being and the I. In addition, the collection includes a comprehensive Preface that describes the personal background and the social and philosophical contexts behind Conrad-Martius’s thought, with an emphasis on the mutual influence and fertilization of the group of early phenomenologists in the Munich-Göttingen Circle. The book will be of interest to scholars of philosophy and educated readers.”

  • Volume IX: Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–1680): A Philosopher in her Historical Context
    Ebbersmeyer, Sabrina and Hutton, Sarah (2021): Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–1680): A Philosopher in her Historical Context, Basel: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    ISBN 978-3-030-71526-7

    “This book showcases Elisabeth of Bohemia, Princess Palatine (1618-1680), one of the foremost female minds of the 17th century. Best known today for her important correspondence with the philosopher René Descartes, Elisabeth was famous in her own time for her learning, philosophical acumen, and mathematical brilliance. She was also well-connected in the seventeenth-century intellectual circles. Elisabeth’s status as a woman philosopher is emblematic of both the possibilities and limitations of women’s participation in the republic of letters and of their subsequent fate in history. Few sources containing her own views survive, and until recently there has been no work on Elisabeth as a thinker in her own right. This volume brings together an international team of scholars to discuss her work from a cross-disciplinary perspective on the occasion of her fourth centenary. It is the first collection of essays to examine a range of her interests and to discuss them in relation to her historical context. The studies presented here discuss her educational background, her friendships and contacts, her interest in politics, religion, and astronomy, as well as her views on politics, her moral philosophy and her engagement with Cartesianism. The volume will appeal to historians of philosophy, historians of political thought, philosophers, feminists and seventeenth-century historians.”


German Springer Book Series: Frauen in Philosophie und Wissenschaft. Women Philosophers and Scientists

Editor: Ruth Hagengruber

ISSN: 2524-3640

“The history of women’s contributions to philosophy and the sciences dates back to the very beginnings of these disciplines. Theano, Hypatia, Du Châtelet, Lovelace, Curie are only a small selection of prominent women philosophers and scientists throughout history. The research in this field serves to revise and to broaden the scope of the complete theoretical and methodological tradition of these women.
The Springer Series Women Philosophers and Scientists provide a platform for scholarship and research on these distinctive topics. Supported by an advisory board of international excellence, the volumes offer a comprehensive, up-to-date source of reference for this field of growing relevance.
The Springer Series Women Philosophers and Scientists publish monographs, handbooks, collections, lectures and dissertations.
For related questions, contact the publisher or the editor.”

  • Volume I: Émilie Du Châtelets Institutions physiques
    Editor: Reichenberger, Andrea

    ISBN 978-3-658-12545-5

    The focus of this book is the question of the significance and application relevance of the methodology of Émilie Du Châtelets for the field of physics in the 18th century. Andrea Reichenberger shows that principles and hypotheses are the foundation of scientific knowledge for Émilie Du Châtelet.

    Language: German

  • Volume II: Übungen im politischen Denken
    Editor: Robaszkiewicz, Maria

    ISBN 978-3-658-16517-8

    In her book, Maria Robaszkiewicz asks what constitutes political competence, what are the underlying capabilities of participation in the political process and how can a political sphere be created which, despite the plurality of opinions, offers a space for political community. She draws on Hannah Arendt’s concept of political thinking, which gives possible answers to these questions.

    Language: German

  • Volume III: Émilie Du Chatelet und die deutsche Aufklärung
    Editors: Ruth Hagengruber, Hartmut Hecht

    ISBN: 978-3-658-14022-9 

    This volume introduces the newest research on the physicist, mathematician and philosopher Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749). Emilie Du Châtelet enjoyed a high reputation during the German Enlightenment. She combined Leibniz’ metaphysics with Newton’s physics and made astonishing discoveries which led physics on the way to Einstein’s energy equation. Her works were translated into German immediately and Kant referred to her in his first dissertation from 1747. The collection presents texts which discuss the influence of the German Enlightenment on Du Châtelet and Du Châtelet’s influence on German philosophy. The big names of the era can be found here: Leibniz, Wolff, Boskovic, Euler, Friedrich II, Voltaire, La Mettrie and many other great figures of the Enlightenment are examined in their connection with Du Châtelet.

    Language: German

  • Volume IV: Grete Henry-Hermann. Philosophie – Mathematik – Quantenmechanik
    Editor: Herrmann, Kay

    ISBN 978-3-658-16241-2

    This book is an appraisal of Grete Henry-Hermanns epistemology and philosophy of nature. As a student of mathematician Emmy Noether and the philosopher Leonard Nelson she was of the early interpreters of quantum mechanics. Henry-Hermanns natural-philosophical and epistemological writings are summarized in this book, for the first time. Correspondences with Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Werner Heisenberg and Gustav Heckmann are also included i this issue.

    Language: German

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