Leuven Seminar: Book Launch: “Women and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Germany” (6 May, 2021)

We are pleased to announce the launch and discussion of the book Women and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Oxford University Press, 2021), edited by Corey W. Dyck (University of Western Ontario), organized by the Leuven Seminar in Classical German Philosophy.

The launch will take place on May 6, 17:00-19:00 (CEST) online on Zoom.


Speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Université Paris-8), Corey W. Dyck (University of Western Ontario), Christian Leduc (Université de Montreal), Anne Pollok (University of South Carolina), Reed Winegar (Fordham University).

Description of the book (from the publisher’s website):

Women and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Germany showcases the vibrant and diverse contributions on the part of women in eighteenth-century Germany and explores their under-appreciated influence upon philosophical debate in Germany in this period. Among the women profiled in this volume are Sophie of Hanover, Dorothea Christiane Erxleben, Johanna Charlotte Unzer, Wilhelmina of Bayreuth, Amalia Holst, Henriette Herz, Elise Reimarus, and Maria von Herbert. Their contributions span the range of philosophical topics in metaphysics, logic, and aesthetics, to moral and political philosophy, and pertain to the main philosophical movements in the period. They engage controversial issues of the day, such as atheism and materialism, but also women’s struggle for access to education and for recognition of their civic entitlements, and they display a range of strategies for intellectual engagement in doing so. This collection vigorously contests the presumption that the history of German philosophy in the eighteenth century can be told without attending to the important roles that women played in the signature debates of the period.

For more information and to register, please visit the seminar Website.


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