Revealing Voices: Jen Semler

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Looking down at my History of Modern Philosophy syllabus, I saw the usual suspects: Descartes, Leibniz, Clarke, Locke, Hume, and Kant. But I also saw two names that I had never heard of: Princess Elisabeth (1618-1680) and Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749). Who were these women, and why hadn’t I heard of them before? Like most […]

Revealing Voices: Roy Auh

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On August 16th in Beijing, I had the opportunity to present a paper about Project Vox at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy. A world’s fair for all things academic philosophy, this conference by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies boasted an attendance of 8000 scholars from over 120 countries (figures cited at the Opening […]

Revealing Voices: Deborah Boyle

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Deborah Boyle’s post is part of our Revealing Voices blog series.  I first heard about Margaret Cavendish at a regional conference in 2001, and I was fascinated. I borrowed the presenter’s copy of Paper Bodies—a collection containing Blazing World, Cavendish’s autobiography, and a few of her poems—for the weekend. Looking for more Cavendish to read after that, […]

Revealing Voices: Allauren Forbes

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Allauren Forbes’s post is part of our Revealing Voices blog series.    My first experience with early modern women philosophers was Mary Astell’s A Serious Proposal to the Ladies. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down—I immediately fell in love. I was struck by how distinctive Astell’s voice was, despite her clear Cartesian commitments, […]

Revealing Voices: Jill Hernandez

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Jill Hernandez’s post is part of our Revealing Voices blog series.    It’s probably not shocking to learn that I quite accidentally stumbled upon the trove of scholarship by early modern women by way of studying well-trodden arguments by early modern men. The experience is akin to one I had this morning, when I looked at the other […]

Revealing Voices: Simone Webb

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Simone Webb’s post is part of our Revealing Voices blog series.    Mary Astell’s (1666-1731) treatise A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694, 1697) has been analysed as utopian literature, a proto-feminist text, a philosophical work in which we can find Astell’s contributions to virtue theory and epistemology, and as an extended piece of rhetoric. These are […]

Revealing Voices: Nancy Kendrick

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Nancy Kendrick’s post is part of our Revealing Voices blog series.    A few years ago I was asked to contribute an essay on George Berkeley’s Bermuda Project to a volume a colleague was editing on Berkeley’s philosophy. The project was Berkeley’s plan to create a college in Bermuda in which Indigenous Americans and British […]