Women historians of philosophy list: help needed

Lisa Shapiro writes:

Donald Rutherford and I (Lisa Shapiro) have been compiling a resource of women working across the history of philosophy, from the ancients through to the early twentieth century, in the English speaking world. The aim is pretty straightforward:to make it easier for those planning conferences, edited volumes, speakers on panels, and the like, to think of women to invite. However, the method has been somewhat less than perfect. We’ve used the internet to go through what we hope is a comprehensive list of departments in Australasia, Canada and the UK, but that kind of comprehensiveness is simply not possible for the US. The first run has taken the PGR top 50, but it is clear that lots of women historians of philosophy working in the US have been left out. There’s no way we are going to be able to be comprehensive with regard to the US, but we think we can do better. But rather than simply rely on who comes to our own minds, we’d like to ask for help.

You can find the draft document here. And please note that it is a DRAFT. No doubt there will lots of room for improvement, but this is a start. There are tabs for each geographical region. If you see that someone obvious is missing, please send an email with as much information as possible (email; general area of the history of philosophy; specializations) to fill in the spreadsheet to womenhistoriansofphilosophy@gmail.com

Our general taxonomy (for better or worse) has been : Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Early Modern, Kant, German Idealism, Other (which gets fleshed out in the specialization section).

8 thoughts on “Women historians of philosophy list: help needed

  1. Hi Lisa (I’m posting this both to new apps and to FP)

    It might be helpful if you could clarify the criteria you are using. It looks as if you are listing all the women in Canadian departments who list history of philosophy for their area of expertise; same with the women in the top 50 PGR departments. But then for women in the US not in top 50 departments, the criteria shifts to “prominent women historians of philosophy.” Some clarification of what counts as prominent (e.g., active, ongoing published research) would be useful. That may even perhaps be applied to women in top 50 depts., for example, removing someone who has clearly moved into administration and has stopped doing research or publishing — this seems to support the aim of the list, viz., to ensure that women who are active in research are included in conferences, volumes, etc.
    I think creating such a list is a great idea!

  2. Hey Lisa: Associate. ;)
    Would you like people to drop &/or Don emails with lists of other names, or to do so here? Thanks for doing this!!

  3. sorry Lisa– just saw the email address in the post above. ! oops.
    will do.

  4. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has already sent in emails to womenhistoriansofphilosophy@gmail.com. There have been so many already that it will be hard to thank everyone individually. We will be doing changes in chunks, so please don’t expect instant gratification.

    It is hard to answer Jackie’s question. As I indicated, this is an early draft. The criteria were straightforwardly meant to be women who listed some area of history of philosophy on their departmental profile. Some of the work was done by others so there have been some obvious omissions and some gender misidentifications. (Really, that was just to keep everyone on their toes.)

    I would not be concerned with regard to the ‘prominent’ denomination. At this point, I think it means names that come to mind. Please suggest anyone whom you deem worthy of suggestion.

  5. Hi Lisa,
    I’ve had a bunch more names occur to me since I last emailed you, and I’m betting that the same is true for other people. I’m also betting you & Don are deluged with emails. And you’re about to be more so, ’cause Leiter just linked to this too.
    Maybe a quick post here & over at new apps about roughly when you expect to be updating the list, so some of us can hold off sending emails & prevent massive repetition and way more email than you can deal with?
    thanks again to both of you!!

  6. Now a question about “The English Speaking World”: Since your aim is to “make it easier for those planning conferences, edited volumes, speakers on panels, and the like, to think of women to invite”, I assume you are thinking of philosophers who publish and give talks in English, even if it is not their mother tongue or they work somewhere where English is not the national language, right?

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