Feminist history of philosophy is a reclamation and reformation project focused on the history of western philosophy. It has several facets. One facet is a critical analysis of the misogyny and sexism in individual canonical philosophers. Some feminist historians of philosophy extend their critique to the western philosophical tradition as a whole. A second facet focuses on restoring women philosophers and their works to the historical record. Included in this project is the elevation of important women philosophers to the canon and to the philosophical conversation of their period. A third aspect of feminist history of philosophy includes reflections on what one is doing in doing the history of philosophy as a feminist; how to go about making the philosophical tradition more inclusive of women and other excluded voices; and whether or not—and in what way-- the history of philosophy can be a resource for feminist theory, or for emancipatory theoretical projects more broadly.
Two pioneering books in feminist history of philosophy, which contain overviews of the western philosophical tradition, are Lloyd 1993 and Okin 1980. The landmark Re-Reading the Canon series has over thirty volumes of feminist interpretations of historical and canonical philosophers, beginning with feminist interpretations of Plato. Tuana 1994 Works that discuss problems of method in the history of philosophy include Lloyd 2002 and Alanen & Witt 2004. The continental feminist perspective(s) on the history of philosophy is represented by Irigaray & Kuykendall 1988, Le Dœuff 1991 and Deutscher 1997.
The encyclopedia article Witt 2008 provides an introduction and a bibliography for feminist history of philosophy.
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