The history of philosophy has not done women justice: you’ve probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke – but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?
The Philosopher Queens is a long-awaited book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy. This collection brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound – but for the most part uncredited – impact on the world.
You’ll learn about Ban Zhao, the first woman historian in ancient Chinese history; Angela Davis, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the American Black Power Movement; Azizah Y. al- Hibri, known for examining the intersection of Islamic law and gender equality; and many more.
For anyone who has wondered where the women philosophers are, or anyone curious about the history of ideas – it’s time to meet the philosopher queens
Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting met at secondary school, where they discovered a shared passion for philosophy. Rebecca is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, where her research focuses on the political rights of refugees and forced migrants. Lisa is completing her MSc in Government, Policy and Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. Alongside studying, she works as a policy advisor in areas concerning practical ethics. Both Rebecca and Lisa are available for events, interview and features, as are various contributors.
An illuminating set of stories about female philosophers, some known to me, others not.
It seems as though women philosophers have been deliberately written out of history in places, forgotten accidentally on purpose. This is a book that tells the reader about lives of some women previously unheard of. It also shows how women are still erased from history as not as important, yet looking at these women it’s time that wrong was put right. I think this book should be introduced on a wide scale, in schools maybe, so girls don’t have to feel they need to prove themselves on a par with boys so much.
Loved this book.
Thanks to Anne Cater , the editors and Unbound books.