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 considers a somewhat neglected aspect of 17th and 18th century philosophy, namely, the contribution of women philosophers. Women in fact responded in creative ways to the exciting intellectual developments during this time. The philosophers to be considered include Princess Elisabeth, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Lady Masham, Mary Astell, Emile du Châtelet and Mary Wollstonecraft. A variety of philosophical issues will be covered, including mind-body dualism and materialism; panpsychism and vitalism; the philosophy of Newtonian physics; the love of God; and women's equality and education. The emphasis will be on the reading and discussion of the historical texts and relevant secondary literature, as well as on your own philosophical writing.

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
002 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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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: 0872202593
Women philosophers of the early modern period, Author: edited, with introduction, by Margaret Atherton., Publisher: Hackett [2nd ed.] 1994
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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