Feminists may read philosophers in new and important ways. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of this is Annette Baier’s reading of Hume, in which she strongly resists the traditional individualist readings of him and reveals the extent to which Hume saw society as important in the development of the varieties of human excellence. Jenny Lloyd and Jackie Taylor are two people who have also contributed to this understanding of Hume.
Nancy Tuana’s series, ReReading the Canon, has encouraged feminists to embark on such re-understandings, and I’m wondering whether readers of this blog have thought about feminist readings of the classical philosophers, either in that series or elsewhere. If so, which have been particularly helpful to you, do you think? Or helpful to the community’s more accurate understanding of the philosopher?
The historical re-reading can overlap with another kind of re-reading, one in which feminists provide a critique of a topic in philosophy and its standard treatment. Here too often the themes of the critique can show up in work the guys produce and when it does it arguably gets a much more sustained audience. Readers might want also to mention when and when this has happened.
And if you are an editor of a volume in the Re-reading series, please feel free to mention your authors! (The same goes if you are one of the authors.)