Women Philosophers: A Bio-Critical Source Book

Hardcover | September 1, 1989

byEthel M. Kersey

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This work developed from Kersey's discovery that there existed no biographical dictionaries of women philosophers, and few references to women in textbooks on the history of philosophy. Intended to fill that void, this source book covers more than 170 women born before 1920 who wrote about or pondered questions of Western intellectual life. Using broad criteria, Kersey has included any woman who conducted serious work in the traditional fields of philosophy, including metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, or logic. Although acknowledging that the field has been dominated by men, the author excluded feminist scholars on the grounds that they have been given serious attention elsewhere, and also omitted women theologians or devotional writers. The volume includes extensive bibliographies of both primary and secondary works about each philosopher. An in-depth introduction establishes the context for the reference, and an appendix provides charts showing women philosophers by century, nationality, and discipline. An index of names completes the source book. This reference will be an important addition to university and public libraries, and a valuable reference for courses in philosophy and women's studies.

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This work developed from Kersey's discovery that there existed no biographical dictionaries of women philosophers, and few references to women in textbooks on the history of philosophy. Intended to fill that void, this source book covers more than 170 women born before 1920 who wrote about or pondered questions of Western intellectual ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:241 pages, 9.42 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313257205

ISBN - 13:9780313257209

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?Women philosophers have not received their due in the discipline's reference works. Kersey's international biographical dictionary of women philosophers from ancient times up until the present (excluding those born since 1920) redresses that situation. She has depended heavily on Gilles Menage's The History of Women Philosophers (1690, reprinted and translated, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984) to identify obscure ancient and medieval women philosophers, many of whom are known only secondhand since none of their writings survive. Users of this dictionary can easily refer to Menage's account, as his book has served as Kersey's principal source of information and the bibliography concluding each biography cites Menage by page number. These two-part bibliographies cite works by and about the biographee. All entries identify the subject's nationality and field of specialization and those for modern subjects chronicle education and professional positions. Entries on some of the ancient philosophers known only by reputation are brief, while those on modern philosophers run as long as four pages. To the extent that documentary evidence permits, every entry traces the woman's intellectual development, summarizes her thought, and assesses her work. A table preceding the index lists the 160 subjects alphabetically and notes for each her century, country, and discipline or school. Additional lists by each of these attributes would have further facilitated thematic approaches to the biographies. This very capably fills a very evident gap in the philosophy reference corpus.?-Wilson Library Bulletin