Wow! An Intro Book with Lots of Women

Echoes from the Cave edited by Lisa Gannett came in the mail today and I was thrilled to see the numbers of women. It goes far beyond the usual suspects. There are readings by Marya  Schetchman, Marcia Baron, Sally Haslanger, Lorraine Code, Kathleen Okruhlik, Catherine Wilson, Susan Sherwin, and Anne Phillips. And that’s not even the entire list!

It’s also very good on post-colonial and anti-racist writers. 

Read about the book here.



6 thoughts on “Wow! An Intro Book with Lots of Women

  1. I’m actually not so excited about the representation of women in this volume. The subsections “Knowledge of the External World” and “Knowledge of the Mind” have NO women between them. “Moral Foundations” and “Challenges to Moral Foundations” also has no women. I think it’s just as important for an anthology to have good representation of women in “traditional” and “foundational” philosophy as it is to have overall more female representation.

  2. Okay, not perfect. I agree. But still, best I’ve seen so far. Of the texts for Intro what would you recommend?

  3. It’s a bit more work, but my recommendation is to decide what topics you want to cover, and then put together a course packet of readings that includes pieces by women (including in the traditional/foundational areas). Even better, if (i) you’re careful to stay within fair use guidelines, and (ii) your school has course management software (e.g., Blackboard) that allows you to post pdfs that are behind a password-protected wall so that only your students can access them, then you can spare your students the expense of having to purchase a textbook.

    That’s what most of the instructors of Intro at Georgia State do, and I’ve put together a list of the intro readings by women authors they’ve used, plus pointers to some other resources, at .

  4. That’s what I thought too L.J. I often find that in the undergrad courses we offer that do have the best representation of female authors (still a mere 25%, although better than two of our intro courses that had not a single female author!), they are all clumped together in some variety of moral philosophy and often one that deals specifically with women (e.g. abortion, global justice for women). Which is a good start, but there really needs to be representation across the field; we do metaphysics and epistemology too! Thanks for the link to the reading resource Tim. I love this website.

  5. What I didn’t like at the first look at the Table of Content was that in part three “The Good” there were not any women writing about “Moral Foundations” nor “Challenges to Moral Foundations” while there were only women writing about “Gender and Morality”.

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