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Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy

  • Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
  • Ruth Edith Hagengruber


  • Introduces methodological concepts for including women in the canon of the history of philosophy

  • Shows how including women in the writing of the history of philosophy changes ideas about the content and styles of philosophy

  • Explains how the history of philosophy changes when women thinkers are included


Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Methodology

  3. Rewriting the History

  4. Reflecting the Content

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Karen Green
      Pages 113-124
    3. Robin May Schott
      Pages 143-157
    4. Naoko Saito
      Pages 159-171
    5. Nora Hämäläinen
      Pages 173-184
  5. Celebrating Women Philosophers in Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
      Pages 187-188
    3. Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
      Pages 189-193

About this book


This book introduces methodological concepts aimed at including women in the canon of the history of philosophy. The history of women philosophers is as long and strong as the history of philosophy, and this holds true not only for the European tradition, as the research of women philosophers of the past shows. The phenomenon of ignoring and excluding women in 19th and 20th century views on the history of philosophy was a result of the patriarchal tradition that ostracized women in general. In this book, leading feminist philosophers discuss methodologies for including women thinkers in the canon and curricula of philosophy. How does the recovery of women thinkers and their philosophies change our view of the past, and how does a different view of the past affect us in the present? Studying a richer and more pluralistic history of philosophy presents us with worlds we have never entered and have never been able to approach. This book will appeal to philosophers and intellectual historians wanting to view the history of philosophy in a new light and who are in favor of an inclusive perspective on that history. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
    • 1
  • Ruth Edith Hagengruber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy, Center for the History of Women PhilosophersPaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany

About the editors

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iceland. She was Erkko Professor at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2014-2015 and is currently the principal investigator of the research projects “Feminist Philosophy Transforming Philosophy” and “Embodied Critical Thinking.” She studied Philosophy in Boston and Berlin and has published books on Nietzsche, feminist philosophy, Arendt and Beauvoir, philosophy of the body and nature, as well as on women in the history of philosophy. Thorgeirsdottir is Chair of the Committee on Gender Issues of FISP, the International Federation of Philosophical Societies that sponsors the World Congress of Philosophy. She is also one of the founders of the United Nations University Gender and Equality Studies and Training Programme. Her recent publications include Nietzsche als Kritiker and Denker der Transformation, with coeditor Helmut Heit, Berlin 2016, and Calendar of Women Philosophers (2018, World Congress of Philosophy).  
Ruth Hagengruber is a Professor of Philosophy, with special focus on economics and information science and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Paderborn University, Germany. In 2006, she founded the teaching and research area History of Women Philosophers & Scientists and is Director of the Center History of Women Philosophers & Scientists, founded in 2016. In 2012, she delivered a lecture series at Paderborn University dedicated to the History of Women Philosophers, which is available on YouTube. Ruth Hagengruber also writes on philosophy of technology and economics. She is an honorary member of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (I-ACAP) and member of the advisory board of the Munich Center for Technology in Society at the TU München. She is head of the German Society of Philosophy working group on research in the history of women philosophers. Her publications include German translations of works by Anne Conway, Emilie Du Châtelet, Marie de Gournay, Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Margret Cavendish in Klassische philosophische Texte von Frauen (1998) and Von Diana zu Minerva (2010), as well as Emilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung, with Hartmut Hecht (2019), Émilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Newton (2011), History of Women's Ideas, coedited with Karen Green (The Monist, 2015) and Sebastian Luft, Women in Early Phenomenology on Social Ontology, with Edith Stein, Gerda Walter and Hedwig Conrad Martius (2018). Together with Mary Ellen Waithe, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Series Women in the History of Philosophy and Science. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy
  • Editors Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
    Ruth Edith Hagengruber
  • Series Title Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-44420-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-44423-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-44421-1
  • Series ISSN 2523-8760
  • Series E-ISSN 2523-8779
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 193
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    History of Science
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