Talk:Women in philosophy

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Wikified as part of the Wikification wikiproject! JubalHarshaw 15:57, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

Needs a lot more history[edit]

This article starts and finishes with the (2007!) APA committee on women in philosophy, and lists a lot more research about bias and discrimination than it does summarize information about actual female philosophers who have contributed to the field, in the past and the present day.

Can anyone add to my teeny-tiny bit of historical information more info on the history of female philosophers? We could use some "Ancient" and "medieval" and "early modern" sections to start. Contemporary women philosophers would need LOTS of info, so I'm not sure how to categorize it. But let's get started! CircularReason (talk) 12:34, 9 March 2015 (UTC)


the fate of Afra Geiger[edit]

As Alasdair MacIntyre has now documented the fate of Edith Stein in the hands of the philosophy department at Goettingen, I have started a page on Afra Geiger in my user pages. Afra Geiger was a student of Karl Jaspers in Heidelberg in the 1920's. " Her case is rather like that of Edith Stein: her future as a philosopher was blocked by Edmund Husserl solely on the basis of her gender: women do not serve as professors of philosophy. Jaspers confronted Husserl over this in Freiburg in the presence of Malvine Husserl, Heidegger and others.

In a letter of 1933 to Heidegger, Hannah Arendt remarks on having seen Afra a few times.

She was friends with Karl Loewith and is mentioned in his crucial testimony on 1933 and after.

Afra Geiger died in the Ravensburg concentration camp. She has no known memorial at the philosophy department in Freiburg.

The case of Edith Stein has been documented by the prominent philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre with regard to her being denied due process in her application to Goettingen's philosophy department - with an added contrast in the documented case in the Mathematics Department in which David Hilbert intervened to prevent another such tragedy.

Husserl's own daughter, Elizabeth, survived the Holocaust.

It is not clear whether the actions of Raymond Aron and others in London to prevent special attention to Jews trapped in France in 1943 had an effect on her fate.

It is often said that Arendt's career was assured in Germany but for the rise of Nazism: that is not clear as Jaspers denied her Summa cum laude (see Jaspers-Arendt correspondence) and Elfride Heidegger was in those years not yet aware of her affair with Heidegger (further grounds for keeping "professional thinking" a male preserve which might have precluded an appointment in philosophy for Arendt.) " cp Suzanne Bachelard; Susanne Langer; Philippa Foot; Iris Murdoch; E. Anscombe; A-T Tymenieka cf wikipages in other western European languages - espec for women in Moscow State U.; Wellesley College (linked to both MacIntyre and Langer.) Women on the borders of philosophy: Julia Robinson; Adele Goldberg; Margaret Mead; Leakey's "Angels"

Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/2016 Women in Philosophy Drive[edit]

Watchers of this page may be interested in the above editing drive on the subject of women in philosophy. Josh Milburn (talk) 23:45, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Men in Philosophy??[edit]

Strikes me that the article reifies the split between the genders in philosophy. An article on men in philosophy might look at men's contribution to the split.... Just my thoughts.

TonyClarke (talk) 11:24, 7 February 2017 (UTC)