The History of Women’s Ideas

Advisory Editors:
Ruth Hagengruber :
The history of Western philosophy has been almost exclusively a history of the ideas of men. Occasionally women thinkers have played a minor role, often as adjuncts to men, whose key works make up the visible stepping stones taking us from the late Mediaeval mind set of Dante, through the Early Modern revolution of Montaigne, Descartes, Locke and Leibniz, to the Enlightenment of Voltaire, Kant and beyond. Recently the works of some of these adjuncts’such as Christine de Pizan, who disseminated Dante in France, Marie de Gournay, Montaigne« s editor, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Descartes’s correspondent, Damaris Masham, Locke?s friend, or Emilie du Châtelet, lover of Voltaire, to name but a few »have begun to emerge from the shadows.
In this issue of The Monist we invite papers treating of the philosophical works of female participants in the intellectual history of the West. We also invite contributions addressing the broader question: do the contributions of women thinkers such as those listed above allow us to distinguish what we might think of as a history of women’s ideas’