Women’s (Philosophical) Works

Rachel sends us a link to this website:

The Women’s Works provides a list of papers, books or chapters that could be used in undergraduate teaching, so that if an instructor wants to include more work by women in a syllabus, it is easier to do so. The site can be searched using Google, or papers can be listed by philosophical area or by author.

It was created by Cynthia Townley, Mitch Parsell and Albert Atkin. They write:

We were awarded a Macquarie University Learning and Teaching grant “Seeing Herself as a Philosopher” to develop the database. In 2009-10, we used the funds to employ a research assistant – Swantje Lorrimer – who has done most of the work compiling the recommendations. The content has been supplied by many individuals who responded to our requests for suggestions.

This seems like a great idea. Looking around a bit, it looks like the offerings are still a bit sparse (at least in the areas I checked). But they urge readers to send in suggestions. I’ve done so already, and you should too!

21 thoughts on “Women’s (Philosophical) Works

  1. For whatever it might be worth, the moment that I clicked on the link to that website (the one that the post says Rachel sent), my internet security software alerted me to 59 security threats on that website (that is literally fiftynine alleged security threats). I did not stick around long enough to find out what these alleged security threats are. I immediately left the site and ran three different anti-malware programs that I use on my computer. Perhaps someone could check this out and alert the people responsible for the website about any serious problems.

  2. I just asked Norton to analyze the security of the website at the link addressed above. Norton claims that all of the “aap.org.au” webpages, including the one in question, have up to 59 malware “Drive-By Downloads” – in particular, 59 “HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request”s, which can indeed wreak all sorts of havoc if/when executed. Perhaps someone should alert the people who run aap.org.

    If anyone wants some more specific details on the matter, you can try to look here:

    http://safeweb.norton.com/safety#brexp
    and more particularly here, for instance:

    http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Fwomen.aap.org.au%2Fpapers%2Fsearch%2Findex.html

    http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Fwomen.aap.org.au%2Fpapers%2Fabout%2Findex.html

    http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Faap.org.au%2F

  3. anon, whatever caused Norton AV to freak out, it wasn’t the linked site itself — it doesn’t load anything other than a few images and a style sheet, and the sole bit of javascript is an innocuous routine for preloading images which isn’t even called.

  4. Hi all,

    I just check WW site and security seemed fine. Nevertheless, re-loaded site from clean version on my hard-drive. Hope this sorts Norton’s worries.

    M.

  5. It is not Norton AV. It is another service that Norton provides (called Norton Safe Web). The Norton “servers analyze Web sites to see how they will affect you and your computer.” There is a link for owners of websites to contact Norton at the bottom of this comment. But first:

    Here is what Norton Safe Web says about: women.aap.org.au/papers/index.html

    Threat Report
    Total threats found: 59

    Drive-By Downloads Threats found: 59
    Here is a sample:

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=god%20of%20war%203%20walkthrough%20part%201

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=gorgeous%20george%20jr

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=jan%20michael%20vincent%20today

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=jan%20michael%20vincent%20photos

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=ktla%20traffic

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=earthquake%20los%20angeles%201971

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=lancair%20iv%20p%20sale

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=masters%20golf%20tournament%202010%20lottery

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=mayawati%20garland

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=metro%202033%20review%20metacritic

    from:
    http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Fwomen.aap.org.au%2Fpapers%2Findex.html

    Norton Safe Web Site Owner webpage:
    http://safeweb.norton.com/help/site_owners

  6. I thought my previous comment was helpful. Can you post a comment about why you did not approve it (or could you please reconsider approving it?). Others might encounter the same Norton warnings that I did. My previous comment allows people better to understand the alleged threats that Norton finds with the link, as well as info required for someone to rectify any misunderstanding with Norton. Could you please approve/post the previous comment? I spent a good bit of time typing it up for purely selfless reasons so that others can safely use the links on this website without worry, warnings, or misunderstanding.

  7. Let me try once more. Norton AV did not freak out (to Dan Hicks). It is another Norton security protocol called Norton Safe Web, with wihch Norton “servers analyze Web sites to see how they will affect you and your computer.” In the case of the link at the top of this post/thread, Norton says: “Threat Report, Total threats found: 59” I will give a link at the bottom of this comment where relevant/concerned people can try to clear this up with Norton. But first, here is what Norton Safe Web reports about the link in question:

    Drive-By Downloads, Threats found: 59
    Here is a sample:

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=god%20of%20war%203%20walkthrough%20part%201

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=gorgeous%20george%20jr

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=jan%20michael%20vincent%20today

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=jan%20michael%20vincent%20photos

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=ktla%20traffic

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=earthquake%20los%20angeles%201971

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=lancair%20iv%20p%20sale

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=masters%20golf%20tournament%202010%20lottery

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=mayawati%20garland

    Threat Name: HTTP Fake AV Redirect Request
    Location: http://aap.org.au/hnmqy.php?on=metro%202033%20review%20metacritic

    Norton Safe Web Site Owner page
    http://safeweb.norton.com/help/site_owners

  8. In this context, I’d like to mention an ongoing project at the University of Paderborn (Germany) led by Prof. Ruth Hagengruber, on the history of women philosophers and scientists.

    http://kw.uni-paderborn.de/institute-einrichtungen/institut-fuer-humanwissenschaften/philosophie/forschung/luf-history-of-women-philosophers/

    The material is mostly in German, but this seems to be an initiative entirely in the spirit of the goals of this blog (in fact, I think it deserves a blog entry in its own right!). I am sure Prof. Hagengruber would be happy to provide further information on the project for those who might be interested.

    In particular, this semester the theme of the philosophy colloquium in Paderborn is ‘Women philosophers in focus’. All but one of the speakers are women, and the one male speaker, Harmut Hecht (a distinguished Lebniz scholar) spoke about a woman, Emilie du Chatelet.

    http://kw.uni-paderborn.de/institute-einrichtungen/institut-fuer-humanwissenschaften/philosophie/kolloquium-zur-philosophie/

  9. Anon, WordPress spammed your comment because it had lots of links. We’re never told when this happens by WordPress (there are hundreds a day, usually porn), so we didn’t know. It’s back now! Thanks for being so persistent.

  10. Dear anon.,
    That is main site not women sub-domain, but it does look very serious. I will pass the info on. Thanks – very helpful.

    M.

  11. Mitch,

    Thanks for looking into this (if you are). Just to be clear, Norton Safe Web gives similar results for the women…papers…about url, the women…papers…search…index url, as well as the general aa.org…au url and the aa.org…prizes…au url. It claims to find multiple fake AV redirect requests on the webpages related to all of these urls. The links I provided are only a sample. I recall Norton Safe Web reporting similar results at the webpages for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. It would be a really good service if someone could get the relevant people talking to Norton. I am not webpage/internet savy enough to do it. If you can and do, thank you for your help.

    By the way, I rarely ever post here, but always totally love this website. Best to all,

  12. Sorry for bombarding the comments but …

    From the Webmaster:
    I and the tech have had a good look at the AAP’s server arrangements and I’m confident there has been NO new breach. I take it you ran an analysis tool over the site which revealed foreign requests for ficticious URL’s (as per the last links below). We understand this to be a ‘hangover’ from the original hack job, and represents no threat to security. This is especially the case since we have moved the site to better, local and more secure servers.

  13. i just went onto the site and, feel free to laugh at me, but is it correct that i cant download any of the essays due to copyright?

    that just wont do….i want to read some of them and i thought this site provided that

  14. vibes01, The original post only advertised a list, and lists can be very helpful. In addition, although it is not uncommon for individual teachers to break copyright laws – especially when their course websites, for instance, are not available to the general public besides the members of their class, I would not expect a public website hosted by a major organization to break copyright laws. I feel no inclination to laugh at you, though I am surprised that you think such a website would post copies of published, copyrighted work that anyone could download.

    By the way, the seemingly dismissive (and unappreciative?) response from the webmaster relayed by Mitch seems to assume that everyone reading this knows about some such “original hack job”. I had never heard of any such hack job on philosophy servers. Was there some famous sensational story that I missed in the news? Couldn’t the webmaster just have appreciated the concern and explained what s/he presumably thinks is happening?

  15. Hi again,

    The ‘s response was to me and I knew about the original hack. I’m sure it is not intended to be dismissive – my fault for failing to make the context clear.

  16. anon…thanks for explaining…im not sure you would still be surprised if you understood the level of my knowledge with regards to copyright and websites…so where can i access these essays then?

    and feel free to laugh, its what makes the world go round….and it gives me a good self depracating smile

  17. Hi vibes,

    You can access most ofmthe journals via any uni libarary. If you don’t have access to uni library you could email someone who does (e.g. the webmaster of the site) and I’m sure they will help you out.

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