Women, Change, and the Birth of Philosophy

  • Clara Fischer
Part of the Breaking Feminist Waves book series (BFW)


With this verse, Parmenides’s poem “On Nature” invites the audience to follow the philosopher on a mystical journey—a journey that promises to enlighten listeners with certain knowledge, by distinguishing between what is merely perception or opinion, and what is truth. The latter, for Parmenides, consists of immutability and singularity, premised upon a strict delineation of Being and Not-Being. That truth should lie in a denial of change and plurality seems intuitively misled, and yet, Parmenides’ ideas were highly pertinent for subsequent philosophizing. In his startling denial of what most of us take to be obviously true, he rejected change, and, as will become clear, woman. Parmenides is indicative of much philosophical theorizing on women and change, and it is my objective here to outline the problematic treatment of women in their relationship to change, and to trace this to the development of philosophy itself.


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