Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought

  • Eileen O’Neill
  • Marcy P. Lascano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Eileen O’Neill
    Pages 1-20
  3. The History of Metaphysics, Epistemology and Natural Philosophy

  4. The History of Moral Philosophy, Moral Psychology, and Philosophy of Mind

  5. The History of Social and Political Philosophy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 379-456

About this book


Over the course of the past twenty-five years, feminist theory has had a forceful impact upon the history of Western philosophy. The present collection of essays has as its primary aim to evaluate past women’s published philosophical work, and to introduce readers to newly recovered female figures; the collection will also make contributions to the history of the philosophy of gender, and to the history of feminist social and political philosophy, insofar as the collection will discuss women’s views on these issues.

The volume contains contributions by an international group of leading historians of philosophy and political thought, whose scholarship represents some of the very best work being done in North and Central America, Canada, Europe and Australia.


Methodology Behind Anne Conway's Principles epistemological thought of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz du Châtelet on Hypothesis and Metaphysics in Science Mary Shepherd on Causality and Causal Reasoning Elisabeth of Bohemia on the Cartesian Mind Marie Thiroux D’Arconville on Passion and Virtue Simone de Beauvoir on the Self-Other Dialectic Madeleine de Scudéry on the Self-Other Dialectic Sophie de Grouchy on Reason and Feeling George Eliot and Literature as Experimental Philosophy Christine de Pizan and the origin of feminism Marie de Gournay and Aristotle Astell and the History of Political Philosophy Jacqueline Broad and Occasional Thoughts Politics and Feminism in Margaret Cavendish Politics and Feminism in Catharine Macaulay Mary Wollstonecraft in Modern Political Philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Eileen O’Neill
    • 1
  • Marcy P. Lascano
    • 2
  1. 1.PhilosophyUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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