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2:45pm Rediscovering Women Philosophers

October 12, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Reading Group: Rediscovering the Women Philosophers of Western Modernity


Jennifer Guyver PhD 7                                  Jingjing Li PhD 4

School of Religious Studies                           School of Religious Studies

Jennifer.guyver@mail.mcgill.ca                     Jingjing.li2@mail.mcgill.ca


Despite the growing wealth of knowledge concerning the prominent contribution women philosophers have made to their respective fields throughout history, the works of these women are rarely included on philosophy syllabuses. Consequently, women philosophers of the early to late modern era remain underestimated and underappreciated. The goal of this reading group is to rediscover the women who participated directly in the major philosophical debates of their time and had a hand in bringing many of the classic texts of philosophy to the world. Through a combination of primary and secondary sources, we will examine these women’s views on religion, history and philosophy, as well as their assessments of womanhood and the role of women within scholarship.

Women Philosophers and Enlightenment in 16-17th century 

Date: Wednesday, October 12 @ 2:45pm-4:15pm

Philosopher: Mary Cavendish


Mary Cavendish, Selections from Cavendish, Mary and Eileen O’Neil. (2011) Observations upon experimental philosophy. Oxford: Cambridge University Press. pp.11-17; 38-40; 217-224 http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/51067115

Hutton, Sarah. “In Dialogue with Thomas Hobbes: Margaret Cavendish’s Natural Philosophy.” Women’s Writing. 4.3 (1997): 421-432

Cunning, David. “Cavendish on the Intelligibility of the Prospect of Thinking Matter.” History of Philosophy Quarterly. 23.2 (2006): 117-136.



October 12, 2016
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm


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Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 Canada
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