What is philosophy, why does it matter, and how would it be different if women wrote more of it? At a time when the importance of philosophy, and the humanities in general, is being questioned and at a time when the question of gender equality is a huge public question, 22 women in philosophy lay out in this book how they think of philosophy, what they actually do, and how that is applied to actual problems. By bringing together accounts of the personal experiences of women in philosophy, this book provides a new understanding of the ways in which the place of women in philosophy has changed in recent decades while also introducing the reader to the nature and the value of philosophy.
Elly Vintiadis is a philosopher of mind and psychiatry at Deree, the American College of Greece. She has previously taught at the City College of New York and the Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College. Her work focuses mainly on what mental disorders can tell us about the nature of the mind, and on emergence and explanation, but her research also extends to animal ethics and epistemology. Her publications include Brute Facts (2018, coedited with Constantinos Mekios) and Animals and Us (2020, in Greek).
Part I: Thinking about Philosophy
1. Philosophy as a Means of Empowerment and Self-Advocacy
Lisa Bortolotti and Sophie Stammers
2. What Is Philosophy and Why Does It Matter?: A Situated, Pluralist, Social, Caring - and Perhaps Rebellious Response
3. Does Philosophy Progress?
4. Adventures in Philosophy
5. When Love Stinks, Call a Conceptual Plumber
6. Moving the Contexts of Philosophy
7. Philosophy, Comedy, and the Need for Good Material
Quill R Kukla
8. Hypatia's Gaze
9. Philosophy as a Helping Profession?
10. What Philosophy Is and What It Could Be
Part II: Doing and Valuing Philosophy
11. What Is the Philosophy of Cinema? An Alternative Reading
12. Becoming a Humbler Philosopher: My Life in Philosophy as a Woman
Eva Feder Kittay
13. Philosopher Queens? The Wrong Question at the Wrong Time
Mary Margaret McCabe
14. How Can Philosophy of Language Help Us Navigate the Political News Cycle?
15. Philosophy as Work
16. Thinking-Emoting-Reflecting Beyond Love
17. On Doing Philosophy: Territory, Discipline and Practices
18. The History of Philosophy and Its Disappeared Women
19. Believing Is Seeing: Feminist Philosophy, Knowledge, and Perception
20. Philosophy Matters for Children, Children Matter for Philosophy
21. How Can a (Modern) Greek (Woman) Be a Philosopher?