A History of Women Philosophers: Contemporary Women by William Andrew Myers (auth.), Mary Ellen Waithe (eds.)

By William Andrew Myers (auth.), Mary Ellen Waithe (eds.)

Like their predecessors, and prefer their male opposite numbers, most girls philosophers of the twentieth century have major services in numerous specialities. furthermore, their paintings represents the gamut of twentieth century philosophy's pursuits in ethical pragmatism, logical positivism, philosophy of arithmetic, of psychology, and of brain. Their writings contain feminist philosophy, classical ethical idea reevaluated in mild of Kant, Mill, and the nineteenth century feminist and abolitionist routine, and matters in good judgment and conception. incorporated within the fourth quantity of the sequence are discussions of L. Susan Stebbing, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad Martius, Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, Mary Whiton Calkins, Gerda Walther, and others. whereas pre-20th century ladies philosophers have been often self-educated, these of the twentieth century had higher entry to educational education in philosophy. but, for all of the advances made through girls philosophers over and a part millennia, the philosophers mentioned during this quantity have been occasionally excluded from complete participation in educational lifestyles, and infrequently denied complete specialist educational prestige.

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There are nearly one hundred women philosophers of this century named in this volume. The lives and works of thirteen of them receive chapterlength treatment here. The final chapter provides brief profiles on an additional twenty-nine. In the Appendix to this volume fifty-four others are listed. Just over a decade ago, I came to the conclusion that there were many more women philosophers throughout the course of our profession's history than could possibly be mentioned in the nice little article I had in mind for perhaps The Journal of the History of Philosophy.

These likely shortcomings are the reason that this series is titled A History of Women Philosophers rather than The History of Women Philosophers. In this. the final volume of the series. it is perhaps appropriate to reflect upon the conditions which gave rise to the series. A myth gave rise to it. That myth. unduly enshrined by male historians of philosophy who were either grossly incompetent or who clearly knew better. was that Introduction to Volume 4 xli philosophy is the stuff of only the greatest male intellects.

Modern philosophy misunderstands the virtue of selfishness. Rand called for the rise of a "new" intellectual who will provide capitalism with a firm ethical foundation. In The Virtue of Selfishness Rand outlines her view that the maintenance of life and pursuit of happiness are identical; the values of reason, purpose and self-esteem correspond to the virtues of rationality, productivity and pride. Capitalism, Rand claims, is the only economic system based on individual rights, especially property rights.

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