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History of Women in Philosophy

Augustine Perumalil (Author)

There are no women philosophers. Women cannot do philosophy. This has been conventional wisdom till the beginning of the last century. But braving social restrictions prejudices and all other odds women had been engaging in philosophy from the beginning of civilization. If we have not heard much of them it is because the standard historians of philosophy have ignored them due to various reasons. It is true that their contributions had not been as attention-grabbing as those of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel Marx and other luminaries. Yet without including the life and activities of these brave and innovative women who fought prejudices and courageously broke social conventions to pursue wisdom, no history of philosophy can claim to be complete. This book selects 101 such women and attempts to place them in the history of philosophy, so that readers will have a cursory knowledge of each of them and of each one’s most noteworthy contribution.

Contents: Preface. 1. The Archaic Period. 2.Classical Antiquity. 3.Early Christian and Islamic Period. 4. The Renaissance Period. 5.The Period of Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. 6.The Late Modern Period. 7.Post–Second World War Period. 8. Beyond 2000. Bibliography. Index.

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About the author

Augustine Perumalil

Augustine Perumalil is a professor of philosophy at Satya Nilayam, Chennai.  He has done his PhD from Punjab University, Chandigarh, specializing in philosophy of religion and postdoctoral research in Loyola University, Chicago.  He has authored four books and a good number of articles in various national and international journals.  He is currently the director of Satya Nilayam Research Institute (affiliated to University of Madras) and the editor of Satya Nilayam, Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, a semiannual published in collaboration with the Vienna Society for Intercultural Philosophy.

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Bibliographic information

Title History of Women in Philosophy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788182202740
length xiv+383p. 23cm.