20th Century Philosophy Paul L. Franco | firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Early(ish) 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
I just finished teaching a more or less standard history of analytic philosophy course. I touched on most of the top hits (standardly conceived), but also made a few choices that seem slightly non-standard: papers by Susan Stebbing & Alice Ambrose in the Moore/Russell part of the course, a week on C.I. Lewis leading into the Quine/Carnap debate, and we ended the class by talking about G.E.M. Anscombe’s, Philippa Foot’s, & Iris Murdoch’s work in ethics (h/t: http://www.womeninparenthesis.co.uk/; I also did Rawls’s “Outline of a Decision Procedure for Ethics” as a contrast to Anscombe’s, Foot’s, & Murdoch’s approaches).
I started thinking about how one might change a history of 20th century analytic philosophy course even further. So, here’s a preliminary list of resources for a history of analytic philosophy course aiming to feature more prominently—perhaps exclusively—women philosophers. I’ve selected a few papers from each philosopher listed here that are—or seemed to me to be—relevant to some of the major themes in standard history of analytic philosophy courses.
The selected papers aren’t taken to exhaustively represent the body of the listed philosophers’ work. And I’ve drawn from Anglophone sources only. The listed philosophers also aren’t taken to exhaustively represent all women philosophers of the time period, which I’m arbitrarily cutting off around the mid-1960s. I haven’t read all or most of these papers, though I skimmed the first few pages of most. Many of the selections were taken from searching the author’s name at philpapers.org. Another method I often employ is by just going through the old issues of Mind, Analysis, etc on JSTOR and seeing what names pop up.
3/21: Additions to the list are at the end of the document.
Epistemology, language, & analysis (& logic & mathematics)
L. Susan Stebbing | https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stebbing/
Alice Ambrose | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Ambrose
Margaret MacDonald | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_MacDonald_(philosopher)
Susanne Langer’s early stuff; her later work should be of interest for a unit on value theory | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanne_Langer
A special issue of The Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy on women philosophers:
Links to Ruth Barcan Marcus’s work:
An interesting paper by Celia Fremlin—who went on to write mystery novels—“Must We Always Think in Propositions?” | https://www.jstor.org/stable/3326306
Helen Knight | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Knight
G.E.M. Anscombe | Philippa Foot | Iris Murdoch | Mary Midgley
I taught the following from the In Parenthesis group in a unit on ethics. Since these figures are more well-known than others, I’ve not included obvious things like Anscombe’s Intention.
History & philosophy of science
Mary Hesse | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hesse
Marjorie Grene | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Grene
A forum in HOPOS: “Pluralism? Reflections on Women in the History of Philosophy of Science”
American Philosophers | I know this is a weird category
Grace de Laguna | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_de_Laguna
Mary Parker Follett & Jane Addams are at the border of the 19th & 20th centuries
Mary Parker Follett works (h/t Matt Brown):
Dorothy Wrinch (h/t Mat Simpson) [Added: 3/21] |
Victoria Welby (h/t https://twitter.com/AlbertLEtranger/status/1108508998502879232) [Added 3/21]
Christine Ladd-Franklin (h/t https://twitter.com/Prof_Livengood/status/1108501319915130881) [Added 3/21]