Including Early Modern Women Writers in Survey Courses: A Call to Action

Metaphilosophy 46 (3):364-379 (2015)

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Jessica Gordon-Roth
University of Minnesota
Nancy Kendrick
Wheaton College, Massachusetts
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There are many reasons to include texts written by women in early modern philosophy courses. The most obvious one is accuracy: women helped to shape the philosophical landscape of the time. Thus, to craft a syllabus that wholly excludes women is to give students an inaccurate picture of the early modern period. Since it seems safe to assume that we all aim for accuracy, this should be reason enough to include women writers in our courses. This article nonetheless offers an additional reason: when students are exposed to philosophical texts written by women, they learn that women have been, are, and can be philosophers. Given how underrepresented women are in philosophy, this finding is significant. If we aim to change the face of philosophy—so that it includes more women—we must include texts written by women in our syllabi. The article considers various obstacles faced by those who work to respond to this call to action
Keywords stereotype threat  inclusive canon  Mary Astell  male bias  friendship  women in philosophy  pedagogy  early modern survey courses  implicit bias
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