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10/13/2014

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Lisa Shapiro

I basically agree with you, Eric, but I think you are far too generous. The late 17th and early 18th century are rich with egalitarian thinkers, both male and female. So for instance, you might also have mentioned Descartes, who, despite the opinion of many contemporary feminists, seems to have actively sought out female readers (by writing the Discourse in French) and served as an inspiration for not only French Cartesiennes but also English women philosophers like Astell. You also might have included Locke and Damaris Masham. And those are just the obvious ones.

eric schliesser

Yes, Lisa, you are right. (I almost added a few lines on Hobbes.)

Marcy Lascano

And Leibniz too!

Jackie Taylor

Emilie du Chatelet, Catharine Macaulay, even James Beattie -- all worth reading and worth our attention today. Sally was my graduate student host when I visited the U of C prior to attending. Between her time and the end of mine there, the dept. underwent a change when Ted Cohen and I formed an undergrad philosophy club with women undergrads at the helm.

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