The Philosopher Queens: The lives and legacies of philosophy's unsung women

The Philosopher Queens: The lives and legacies of philosophy's unsung women

by Rebecca Buxton, Lisa Whiting


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'This is brilliant. A book about women in philosophy by women in philosophy – love it!' Elif Shafak

Where are the women philosophers? The answer is right here.

The history of philosophy has not done women justice: you’ve probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke – but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?

The Philosopher Queens is a long-awaited book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy. This collection brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound – but for the most part uncredited – impact on the world.

You’ll learn about Ban Zhao, the first woman historian in ancient Chinese history; Angela Davis, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the American Black Power Movement; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, known for examining the intersection of Islamic law and gender equality; and many more.

For anyone who has wondered where the women philosophers are, or anyone curious about the history of ideas – it's time to meet the philosopher queens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783528011
Publisher: Unbound
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 244,127
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Buxton is is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, working on political philosophy and forced migration. Her research looks at the civil and political rights of refugees and migrants in particular. Rebecca completed her BA in philosophy at King’s College London and her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.

Lisa Whiting is a policy professional specialising in areas concerning practical ethics. She currently works for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Alongside working, she studies Government, Policy and Politics at Birkbeck, University of London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Diotima Zoi Aliozi 7

Ban Zhao Eva Kit Wah Man 15

Hypatia Lisa Whiting 23

Lalla Shalini Sinha 31

Mary Astell Simone Webb 39

Mary Wollstonecraft Sandrine Bergès 47

Harriet Taylor Mill Helen McCabe 57

George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) Clare Carlisle 65

Edith Stein Jae Hetterley 75

Hannah Arendt Rebecca Buxton 83

Simone de Beauvoir Kate Kirkpatrick 93

Iris Murdoch Fay Niker 103

Mary Midgley Ellie Robson 113

Elizabeth Anscombe Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott 123

Mary Warnock Gulzaar Barn 133

Sophie Bosede Oluwole Minna Salami 143

Angela Davis Anita L. Allen 151

Iris Marion Young Désirée Lim 161

Anita L. Allen Ilhan Dahir 169

Azizah Y. Al-Hibri Nima Dahir 177

Further Resources 183

More Philosopher Queens 198

Acknowledgements 200

About the Authors 202

Supporters 207

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