Posted by Kay on May 31, 1998 at 17:58:00:
In response to "Philosophy is a story of men.", written by Linden on May 31, 1998 at 03:18:15
] OK, here's an issue that concerns me. Alberto accepts, almost without question, the Dead White European Male tradition of philosophy. Sophie occasionally challenges him on this, but it's not really explored.
] Even if Gaardner/Alberto couldn't come up with any more female philosphers, I think it's a bit restrictive to look only at the Western philosophical tradition.
Gaarder/Alberto talked about Hildegard of Bingen and Simone de Beauvoir. I recommend reading "A Room of One's Own," by Virginia Woolf to get some understanding of the reasons why more women weren't authors, philosophers, composers, etc. While I am very interested in the problems women had in the past (and especially the very gifted Clara Schumann), I really get impatient with those who would reject the whole western canon because women, aren't represented.
I think the fact that the philosophy lessons were written for girls (Sophie and Hilde) shows that now it's women's turn to become philosophers.
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