By Jane Duran
Spanning over 9 hundred years, "Eight ladies Philosophers" is the 1st singly-authored paintings to track the subjects of normal philosophical theorizing and feminist suggestion throughout ladies philosophers within the Western culture. Jane Duran has crafted a finished assessment of 8 girls philosophers - Hildegard of Bingen, Anne Conway, Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Taylor Mill, Edith Stein, Simone Weil, and Simone de Beauvoir - that underscores the profound and carrying on with value of those thinkers for modern students. Duran devotes one bankruptcy to every thinker and offers a sustained severe research of her paintings, using facets of Continental conception, poststructuralist conception, and literary theory.She situates each one thinker inside of her respective period and with regards to her highbrow contemporaries, and in particular addresses the contributions each one has made to significant parts corresponding to metaphysics/epistemology, thought of worth, and feminist idea. She affirms the viability and value of convalescing those women's neglected paintings and gives a strong solution to the query of why the rubric "women philosophers" continues to be so priceless.
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Contemporary French theory undercuts our notions of the self, the feminine, and authorial proprietariness; postcolonial theory is similar in some ways, written in larger terms. It goes against the grain of the theorizing that permits Eurocentric thought to hold dominant sway and to deﬁne itself against Others. 1-18_Duran 8/15/05 10:32 AM Page 15 Introduction 15 at least some parts of contemporary Continental thought owe something to Freud. ”33 What Marx has in common with these other lines of thought is that all of them cut against the solidity of the previous regnant lines of thought.
It is very difﬁcult for most academics, in whatever discipline, to work with material from other cultures, regardless of language barriers. 1-18_Duran 18 8/15/05 10:32 AM Page 18 Introduction dismay, however, when chronology is more of an issue than is culture. Thus the work of European women thinkers of earlier time periods should, at least in principle, be somewhat more familiar to American feminists than some contemporary work driven by other cultural concerns. Whatever the results of the foregoing thought experiment, one thing seems certain: without examining work by women thinkers from other cultures and eras, the hegemony of contemporary Euro-American thought will continue.
Commentators are struck by the extent to which her emphasis on moderation comes in part from her metaphysical views and in part from simple views of illness, such as those found in the more practical parts of Causae et Curae. As one might expect, Hildegard’s overarching principle is that the temple—or “tent”—of the body is destroyed by a failure to adequately maintain it, but this ﬂat take on the body and its relationship to the cosmos is undergirded by a number of points taken from her work as a whole.