Building up women philosophers collection

One of the university librarians in my department was present at a discussion of the BPA/SWIP report on women in philosophy. She was impressed by the arguments made, and felt it would that building up the library’s collection of works by women philosophers would be a fine use of resources (which, unbelievably, seem to be available for it). So I thought I’d check with all of you to see if there are any really good things we’re likely to overlook. In particular, I guess, the sort of thing we might not be able to afford in the normal course of events.

3 thoughts on “Building up women philosophers collection

  1. Mary Ellen Waithe’s four-volume history of women philosophers is unfortunately quite expensive, but a major contribution to the field. It changed my students’ views on the relevance of women and gender to philosophy, and disrupted the assumption that women just weren’t doing any philosophy before the 1800s.

  2. A couple of things:
    1. Margaret Atherton’s 1994 edited collection ‘Women Philosophers of the early modern period’.
    2. Jacqueline Broad’s 2002 book ‘Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century’.
    3. Jacqueline Broad and Karen Green’s 2009 ‘A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700′
    4. Eileen O’ Neill and Marcy Lascano forthcoming (2012) edited collection: Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought (Dordrecht: Springer).
    5.Eileen O’ Neill also has a really interesting bunch of papers and a book on the way that I’m dying to read called ‘Seventeenth-Century Women Philosophers: Metaphysics and Method’. I don’t when it is coming out but you can read more about it here: It sounds fascinating.

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