Empowerment And Interconnectivity: Toward A Feminist History Of Utilitarian Philosophy

Paperback | April 28, 2015

byCatherine Villanueva Gardner

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Feminist history of philosophy has successfully focused thus far on canon revision, canon critique, and the recovery of neglected or forgotten women philosophers. However, the methodology remains underexplored, and it seems timely to ask larger questions about how the history of philosophy is to be done and whether there is, or needs to be, a specifically feminist approach to the history of philosophy. In Empowerment and Interconnectivity, Catherine Gardner examines the philosophy of three neglected women philosophers, Catharine Beecher, Frances Wright, and Anna Doyle Wheeler, all of whom were British or American utilitarian philosophers of one stripe or another. Gardner’s focus in this book is less on accounting for the neglect or disappearance of these women philosophers and more on those methodological (or epistemological) questions we need to ask in order to recover their philosophy and categorize it as feminist.

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Feminist history of philosophy has successfully focused thus far on canon revision, canon critique, and the recovery of neglected or forgotten women philosophers. However, the methodology remains underexplored, and it seems timely to ask larger questions about how the history of philosophy is to be done and whether there is, or needs t...

Catherine Villanueva Gardner is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.51 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Empowerment and Interconnectivity

1 Wheeler and Thompson: The Appeal and the Problem of Empowerment

2 Catharine Beecher and Writing Philosophy for Women

3 Frances Wright: Interconnectivity and Synthesis

4 Tea and Sympathy with John Stuart Mill

Conclusion and Next Steps

References

Index

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“In addition to its theoretical proposals, Empowerment and Interconnectivity makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of several nineteenth-century feminist philosophers, bringing some of them to our attention as philosophers for the first time.”

—Charlotte Witt, University of New Hampshire