A book about women in philosophy by women in philosophy
For all the young women and girls sitting in philosophy class wondering
where the women are, this is the book for you. This collection of 21
chapters, each on a prominent woman in philosophy, looks at the impact that
women have had on the field throughout history. From Hypatia to Angela
Davis, The Philosopher Queens will be a guide to these badass
women and how their amazing ideas have changed the world.
This book is written both for newcomers to philosophy, as well as all those professors who know that they could still learn a thing or two. This book is also for those many people who have told us that there are no great women philosophers. Please pledge, read this book and then feel free to get back to us.
The two of us are young women who have studied and loved philosophy for many years. This book is borne out of frustration with the total lack of recognition for women in philosophy, not only its history but its current teaching.
Each chapter is written by a woman working in philosophy today. Our chapters and contributing authors include:
Diotima by Zoi Aliozi
Ban Zhao by Eva Man
Hypatia by Lisa Whiting
Lalla by Shalini Sinha
Anne Conway by Julia Bocherding
Mary Astell by Simone Webb
Mary Wollstonecraft by Sandrine Bergès
Harriet Taylor Mill by Helen McCabe
Christine Ladd-Franklin by Sara Uckelman
Mary Anne Evans by Clare Carlisle
Edith Stein by Jae Hetterley
Hannah Arendt by Rebecca Buxton
Simone de Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick
Iris Murdoch by Fay Niker
Mary Midgley by Ellie Robson
Elizabeth Anscombe by Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott
Mary Warnock by Gulzaar Barn
Iris Marion Young by Desiree Lim
Anita L Allen by Ilhan Dahir
Azizah Y. al-Hibri by Nima Dahir
... and more exciting chapters yet to be announced.
Over 2000 years later, you would forgive people for assuming that men have been doing most of the thinking since then. Women have not seemed to fulfill Plato’s great prediction that they could become both great leaders and great philosophers. Or, at least, that is how the books and lectures of philosophy today make it look.
Books about the history of philosophy have not done women justice. In Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers only 2 women feature, with Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir taking the seats of honour. The same 2 share the limelight in Philosophy: The World’s Greatest Thinkers, which somehow has space for 58 men. You’re beginning to sense a theme.
This gap is not because there are no books being written about philosophy. On the contrary, some of our favourite philosophy books in recent years include, Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links, Aristotle and an Aardvark go to Washington, and last but certainly not least, Surfing with Sartre. And yet, very little has been written to celebrate the work of great women. The only notable exception was written by a great philosopher herself, Mary Warnock, who wrote Women in Philosophy over 20 years ago.
The Philosopher Queens: December Update
Saturday, 1 December 2018
Since The Philosopher Queens hit its crowdfunding target in October, you’re probably wondering what we’ve been up to. Needless to say, it’s been a very busy few months.
With the two of us beginning a PhD and a Masters Degree, we’ve been working as hard as we can on the book in any spare time we can find. We’ve now received over half of the chapters from our amazing authors, and most are ready for…
The Philosopher Queens: 100%! What Happens Now?
Thursday, 11 October 2018
On Monday morning, at around 9am, The Philosopher Queens reached its crowdfunding target. After only three weeks of spamming you on Twitter, sending hundreds of emails, and generally shouting the news from the hilltops, we now know that this book will be published. The two of us want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been so supportive over the last few weeks and months. We are so humbled…
The Philosopher Queens: Week Two, Chapter Announcement and 80%!
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind, so we wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s been happening with The Philosopher Queens. First, a huge thank you to our new supporters (there are now 552 of you!). We are overwhelmed by your generosity in helping us reach the 80% milestone. A special shout-out to Corey Mohler from Existential Comics for publicly supporting the project and helping…
The Philosopher Queens: Week One Complete!
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
We wanted to send a quick update to thank you all for your support in our first week of crowdfunding. We reached 30% last night, just before the one week mark, and we couldn’t be happier.
We’ve also had so many pledges from around the world, particularly Canada and New Zealand which is very exciting. We’re not quite sure what happened at the University of Calgary but we have so many supporters…
The Philosopher Queens: We have a little announcement for you…
Friday, 21 September 2018
Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged so far and shown their support for the book. We never imagined reaching 20% within the first week and it gives us hope that so many people want this book to exist as much as we do. Please do continue to post and share as much as you can!
Now with the emotional stuff out of the way, we have an exciting announcement for you. Not only is our book written…
These people are helping to fund The Philosopher Queens.