Did women philosophers exist in the ninetheenth century? Most certainly!
In Women Philosophers the works of nine women philosophers in the tradition from romanticism to phenomenology are presented: Germaine de Staël, Karoline von Günderrode, Bettina Brentano von Arnim, Hedwig Dohm, Clara Zetkin, Lou Andreas Salomé, Rosa Luxemburg, Edith Stein and Gerda Walther. The collection clarifies their central position within movements such as German idealism, socialism, Marxism and phenomenology. In a clear and engaging style, it discusses central questions such as: What is truth? What lies at the basis of the human feeling of community? How should humans relate to nature? How can we best think about gender and identity? How should we respond to social injustice? What is the most productive understanding of the human capacity for empathy and community?
The red thread running through the book is the respective philosopher's wish to write accesible, engaging and for a broader audience. The introduction by the editors gives a better overview of women's place in the period, and presents each of the nine philosophers with a retrospective view of their historical importance as well as their relevance today.
Brightly Shining Women
Who would have believed that an anthology on dead female philosophers would be one of last year’s best non-fiction publications?
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