The Recognition Project: Feminist History of Philosophy
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The question “Why does the history of philosophy matter to feminist philosophy?” is a particular version of the question “Why does the history of philosophy matter to philosophy?” And the latter question opens up into debates over the methods and purposes of those philosophers who engage with the history of philosophy. But, of course, there is more than one way for the history of philosophy to matter. In this paper, I suggest that feminist historians of philosophy who are recovering the forgotten work of women philosophers are engaged in a project, which I call the recognition project. Furthermore, I argue that if we focus on the theme of recognition in both its epistemic and political aspects, we will be motivated to add “feminists” to the categorization of scholarly work in the history of philosophy.
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