Full Text

20. Philosophy and Feminism

JEAN GRIMSHAW and MIRANDA FRICKER


Subject Philosophy

Key-Topics feminism

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631219088.2002.00025.x


Extract

For women who have been in any way sensitized to the issues concerning gender and the situation of women, which have been central to contemporary feminism, to be a woman studying philosophy is to be faced with a set of problems about one's own location within the discipline. Above all other academic disciplines, perhaps, philosophy, in its historical aspect, appears as a history of ‘Great Men of Ideas’, and in the roll call of ‘great’ philosophers from the past, women seem to be singularly absent. Women philosophers whose names are known to us have tended, as Michèle Le Doeuff (1991) points out, to be restricted to the role of disciple of, or correspondent with, the ‘master’; as in the case of D escartes (chapter 26) and Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia (1618–80). The formal barriers to the independent study of philosophy that existed in the past for women have now largely gone. Quite a lot of women study philosophy; many come to think of it as their ‘intellectual home’. Yet relatively few of them ‘make it’ into academic posts, and those for whom philosophy continues to be central to their lives may also feel that there are ways in which philosophy can be alien and inhospitable to women. Being a woman and a philosopher, as Le Doeuff notes, is always something that is problematic, that has to be negotiated. In the majority of mainstream courses in philosophy, issues concerning ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:

 

     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.


[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top