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Anyone have any recommendations for some female philosophers to check out? There's so many men to choose from, but if you asked me about women I think literally the only one I could name quickly was Ayn Rand. If I thought about it some more I might remember Simone de Beavoir. I've heard of Hannah Arendt but couldn't remember her until I googled "female philosophers" just now.

Not looking for anyone of specific schools of thought other than just philosophers who are female - could be controversial or not, specifically feminist or not, though if you recommend someone a short sentence or two about what she's about or why you're making the recommendation would be interesting. And if you want to recommend one of the ladies I already named that's okay too. Could be 'old school' or even more contemporary figures from our current time as well (which would also be quite interesting! so many men with bullshit philosophy podcasts but are there any women with podcasts of interest?)

Anyone have any recommendations for some female philosophers to check out? There's so many men to choose from, but if you asked me about women I think literally the only one I could name quickly was Ayn Rand. If I thought about it some more I might remember Simone de Beavoir. I've heard of Hannah Arendt but couldn't remember her until I googled "female philosophers" just now. Not looking for anyone of specific schools of thought other than just philosophers who are female - could be controversial or not, specifically feminist or not, though if you recommend someone a short sentence or two about what she's about or why you're making the recommendation would be interesting. And if you want to recommend one of the ladies I already named that's okay too. Could be 'old school' or even more contemporary figures from our current time as well (which would also be quite interesting! so many men with bullshit philosophy podcasts but are there any women with podcasts of interest?)

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In future, requests for books that may not be feminist in nature belong in o/Books. Only feminist book discussions belong in this circle.

[–] Lipsy 15 points Edited

srry i'm kind of a classics Girl

off top of head... Hypatia? Portia/Porcia of the Stoics? Arete?

and Sappho is stuck in my head, but i think she was more of a bard/poet

• Hypatia: one of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers of her time; overcame unimaginable amounts of systemic misogyny to get to that point (it was an achievement of note for a Woman to even achieve full literacy back then, let alone Hypatia's degree of proficiency in math and the sciences)

• Porcia: Female embodiment of the Stoic mindset and POV... mostly came up with her because i've seen a couple of posts on here asking about Stoic philosophers/philosophy.
She was the Wife of Brutus (et tu Brute) and I think I remember her being described as "addicted to philosophy" lol.

• Arete: In a time when good character in a Woman was associated mostly with an especially stodgy notion of 'virtue', Arete stood out by teaching that living a good life (in the moral/ethical sense) would end up yielding returns in the form of greater pleasure. Effectively she was the first Female 'hedonist' philosopher, though I don't know if that title is actually bestowed on her.

[–] Mandy 9 points Edited

Elizabeth Anscombe

Philippa Foot and Judith Jarvis Thompson (of the trolley problem fame)

Mary Wollstonecraft "A Vindication of the Rights of Women"

Mary Midgeley

came here to mention Anscombe.

i'm really shocked, i did philosophy during my undergrad and her and hilary greaves are the only women i remember being mentioned during my degree (though i know of others through wider reading). i also studied physics and can think of way more female physicists. i'm now thinking representation of women in philosophy might actually be worse than in physics, where women are notoriously underrepresented.

I wonder how much of this is just the issue of patriarchal framing. Technically, feminism itself is a philosophy, making all feminists philosophers imo

I agree! I just meant that in general people were free to recommend female philosophers with any sort of framework or specialization, I wasn’t strictly looking for women who focused on feminism in particular. Although that said I would expect most female philosophers to be viewing things through the lens of the female experience. Feminist or not, I just realized I literally didn’t know many female philosophers at all compared to if you asked me “name one” I could quickly say Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, etc

Hannah Arendt, Rosa Luxemburg and Emma Goldman. I always felt, poor old Emma was given a raw deal by always being quoted with : "if I can't dance, it's not my revolution". What she actually, quite snarkily, said on the subject is so much cooler.

Rosa Luxemburg, Mary Wollstonecraft, Alexandra Kollontai and Anuradha Ghandy

What about Martha Nussbaum--in particular her work on the capabilities approach? It's a way of answering the question of what it means for a society to have a fair distribution of goods, and it's also a flexible but not relativist way of understanding what it means to have a good life (for the purpose of policy making I guess, not necessary from an individual perspective). If you wanted something specifically feminist Susan Moller Okin looks at what classical liberalism misses out on when it comes to women and justice (in "Justice, Gender and the Family" and "Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?"). Iris Marion Young has some interesting ideas on justice and responsibility that seems to have inspired a lot of people, though I haven't read her thoroughly myself.

Iris Murdoch. She's mostly known for her fiction, but she wrote nonfiction as well.

Not sure if these ladies would count as philosophers per se but I’ve always found both Sojourner Truth’s and Olympe de Gouges’ words very stirring.

Catherine Cockburn is a criminally underrated female philosopher. Her life story is quite interesting too.

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