PHIL 397 - Topics in Philosophy
Section: 001 Early Modern Female Philosophers
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of concentration advisor and instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course focuses on a neglected aspect of 17th and 18th century philosophy, namely, the contribution of women philosophers. Women in fact responded in creative ways to intellectual developments during this time. We will begin with a consideration of issues concerning metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science in the writings of Princess Elisabeth, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway and Émile du Châtelet. Then we will turn to issues in moral/political philosophy and the philosophy of education in the writings of Marie de Gournay, Anna Maria van Schurman, Mary Astell and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Course Requirements:

The writing assignments, which cover different ways of writing on the history of early modern philosophy, will include 3 short (500 word) papers on assigned topics and 2 longer (1500-2000 word) papers on topics students choose in consultation with me.

PHIL 397 - Topics in Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Early Modern Female Philosophers
002 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: The Art of War
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ISBN: 1624665144
Observations upon experimental philosophy : abridged, with related texts, Author: Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of, 1624?-1674,
ISBN: 9780226204420
The correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes, Author: Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes ; edited and translated by Lisa Shapiro., Publisher: the University of Chicago press [Online-Au 2007
ISBN: 9780199673513
The equality of the sexes : three feminist texts of the seventeenth century, Author: translated with an introduction and notes by Desmond M. Clarke., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press First edit 2013
ISBN: 9781603849388
A vindication of the rights of woman, Author: Mary Wollstonecraft ; abridged, with related texts ; edited, with an introduction and notes, by Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro., Publisher: Hackett 2013
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