Archive for the ‘Race and Gender’ Category
Professor Lindemann has added many new women philosophers to the website since that time and I encourage you to check out all the interesting information on the site.
There is also information about how to incorporate the work of women philosophers into your courses. There are lists of books about and by women philosophers that would make lovely summer reading and would be great for your local public or university library.
When I interviewed Professor Lindemann, she needed financial support to keep the project going and expanding. She now has ways for everyone to put their money where their mouth is! If you would like to support the women-philosophers.com project, you can buy from online stores that keep the project going.
Online shopping that supports women philosophers. What could possibly be better?
Some arguments from biology try to reduce a woman to what she is in society. However, no man or woman within society has escaped its powers to shape them as people. And as people are in society is in no way related to biology. One can hardly imagine a woman in the state of nature dreaming of a Channel purse. Rather, the way we are is directly related to the way that the world is given to us. Whoever a person is, is somehow a response to the rules of society. Moreover, the rules of societies are somewhat fluid. If the rules that help to shape people are always in flux, we can infer that the people themselves are the same way. (more…)
Here are a few items of interest.
First is an article on the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. It sounds like it was a wonderful event. For those who may be unfamiliar with her, note that Joyce Mitchell Cook is in the photo accompanying the article. She is the first black woman to obtain a PhD in philosophy in the United States (1965). The article observes a bit of the difficulty she faced as a philosophy student at Yale.
Second is an article about the keynote speaker at the Collegium, Anita Allen. Allen notes that given certain aspects of academic philosophy today she might not necessarily encourage particular students to pursue a career in academic philosophy. One reason she brings to support this is philosophy’s unfriendliness towards diversity. However, she also says she wishes philosophy were more open to diversity.
Third is an older article about the Collegium written before it took place (for those who didn’t know about it and want to learn more).
Does anyone ever feel like their reading lists or syllabi are a bit estrogen deficient? If you are curious about what women philosophers have been up to then you might find that this website gives you some of the answers you are looking for. The website lists over twenty women who are contributing significantly to philosophy.