Posted by Erin on June 03, 1998 at 13:58:03:
In response to On women, written by Kay on May 31, 1998 at 17:58:00
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.
...or On the Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft --a philosophical treatise considered to be part of the canon of Western thought. ;-)
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.
Hear, hear!! If I could not find value in Western philosophy because I am a female, then there would be nothing for me to do! This is a nonsequitur but so is the idea that Western philosophy is bogus and not applicable to the female experience because it concerns Man. Furthermore, many of the current leading scholars/philosophers of the Continental school happen to be women... they are the direct inheritors of the WWMT (Western White Male Tradition). You're right Kay, now is our time; although, women are still sorely under-represented in the discipline.
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