PHILOSOPHY 50-01

HISTORY OF WESTERN WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS

SYLLABUS, SPRING, 2003

 

 

DATE

TOPIC

READING ASSIGNMENT

WEEK 1:

INTRODUCTION, I

 

1/27

Organizational Class

See Class Web Site (Nicenet) & Warren's On-Line Course Materials: http://www.macalester.edu/~warren

1/29

An Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy

See “time line” on KJW’s web site; Waithe, “On Not Teaching the History of Philosophy”(H)

1/31

The "Recovery Project" in Philosophy

LN #1; RWP: Ch. 7; PWP: Series Forward, Series Intro, & Ch. 10; Kersey “Women Philosophers,” 1-25 (H)

WEEK 2:

INTRODUCTION, II

 

2/3

Designing Philosophy Web Pages
(Meet Michael Nelson in H302)

PWP: Part I, Intro & Chs. 1 & 23

2/5

Was She a Philosopher?

LN #2, #3; Allen, “The Concept of Woman,” xix-xxix, 1-7 (H); Kersey, 218-224 (H)

2/7

Introduction to Classical (Ancient) Philosophy

LN #4;

WEEK 3:

WOMEN IN CLASSICAL
PHILOSOPHY, I

 

2/10

Early Pythagoreans: Themistoclea, Theano I, Arignote, Damo

LN #5; HWP: Vol. 1: 11-18 (R)

2/12

Late Pythagoreans: Aesara, Perictione I & II, Theano II, Aspasia of Miletus

LN #5; HWP: Vol. 1: 19-58 (R)

2/14

Late Pythagoreans, continued

Harper commentary (EM)

WEEK 4:

WOMEN IN CLASSICAL
PHILOSOPHY, II

 

2/17

Diotima of Manitea, Julia Domna

LN #6; HWP: Vol. 1: 83-116 (R); Cole commentary (?) (EM)

2/19

Makrina & Hypatia

LN #7 & #8; HWP: Vol. 1: 139-196 (R)

2/21

[Open]

 

WEEK 5:

WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL &
RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY

 

2/24

Hildegard of Bingen

LN #9; PWP: Intro to Part II & Ch. 3; HWP: Vol. 2: 27-66 (R); Stark commentary (EM)

2/26

Heloise

LN #10; PWP: Intro to Part III, Chs. 11 &17; HWP: Vol. 2: 67-98 (R)

2/28

Christine de Pisan

LN #11; PWP: Intro to Part IV, Chs. 18, 20; RWP: Ch. 3; HWP: Vol. 2: 312-13 (R)

WEEK 6:

WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY, I

 

3/3

A Brief Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy

LN #12

3/5

Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia

LN  #13; WP: Ch. 1; PWP: Ch. 12; HWP: Vol. 3: 213-14 (R); Nye commentary (EM)

3/7

Catherine Macaulay

LN #14; RWP: Chs. 1 & 2; PWP: Ch. 15, Intro to Part IV; HWP: Vol. 3: 217-22 (R); Gardner commentary (EM)

WEEK 7:

WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY, II

 

3/10

Damaris Cudworth Masham

LN #15; WP: Ch 4; HWP: Vol. 3: 73-86, 101-126 (R); Frankel commentary (EM)

3/12

[Open: Mary Astell?]

[EMP, Chs. 4, 5; PWP, Ch. 14; HWP, Vol. 3: 87-100]

3/14

Designing Philosophy Web Pages, II
(Meet Michael Nelson in H302

Work on your web pages.

3/15-3/23

Spring Break

 

WEEK 8:

WOMEN IN MODERN
PHILOSOPHY, I

 

3/24

Anne Viscountess Conway

LN #16; WP: Cha. 3; HWP, Vol. 3: 1-20, 41-58 (R); Duran commentary (EM)

3/26

Mary Wollstonecraft

LN #17; RWP: Ch. 4; WP: 37-49; HWP: Vol. 3: 153-170 (R); Lindemann commentary (EM)

3/28

[Open: Harriet Martineau & Madame de Condorcet]

[PWP: Ch. 21; WP: 50-61; HWP: Vol. 3: 242-246, 255 (R)]

WEEK 9:

WOMEN IN MODERN
PHILOSOPHY, II

 

3/31

Anna Maria Van Schurman

LN #18; Excerpts from Van Schurman’s writings (R); Lindemann commentary (EM)

4/2

Harriet Taylor Mill

LN #19; RWP: Ch. 5; PWP: Ch. 15; HWP: Vol. 3: 246-51 (R); Jacob commentary (EM)

4/4

[Open]

 

WEEK 10:

WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY
PHILOSOPHY, I

 

4/7

A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy

LN #20

4/9

Hannah Arendt

LN #21; PWP: Chs. 8 & 9; WP: 129-144; HWP: Vol. 4: 243-260 (R); Minnick commentary (EM)

4/11

Jane Addams

LN #22; PWP: Ch. 5; HWP: Vol. 3: 87-100 (R); Fischer commentary (EM)

WEEK 11:

WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY
PHILOSOPHY, II

 

4/14

Susanne Langer

LN #23; PWP: Ch. 7; Excerpts from her writings (R)

4/16

Iris Murdoch

LN #24; PWP: Ch. 22; Excerpts from her writings (R)

4/18

No Class: Good Friday

 

WEEK 12:

WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY
PHILOSOPHY, III

 

4/21

G. E. M. (Elisabeth) Anscombe

LN  #25; WP, 145-154;

4/23

[Open]

 

4/25

Simone de Beauvoir

LN #26; WP, 203-223; HWP, Vol. 4: 261-86 (R); Excerpts from her writings (R); Simons & Knab commentary (EM)

WEEK 13:

WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY
PHILOSOPHY, IV

 

4/28

Simone Weil

LN #27; Excerpts from her writings (R)

4/30

Martha Nussbaum

LN #28; Excerpts from her writings (R)

5/2

Angela Davis

LN #29; Excerpts from her writings (r)

WEEK 14

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

5/5

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

5/7

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

Finals Day

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

 

KEY

TEXTS

AUTHORS

PWP

Presenting Women Philosophers

eds. Cecile T. Tougas and Sara Ebenreck

RWP

Rediscovering Women Philosophers

ed. Catherine Villanueva Gardner

EMP

Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period

ed. Margaret Atherton

OTHER

 

 

R

Articles on Two-Hour Reserve in the Macalester Library

 

EM

Articles that will be sent to students as email attachments

Commentators for Gendering Western Philosophy (ed. Karen J. Warren)

HWP

History of Women Philosophers, 4 volumes

(2-Hour Reserve at Library)

ed. Mary Ellen Waithe

LN

K. J. Warren's Lecture Notes

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

WHAT IS DUE

FINAL GRADE

Ten Mondays

Critical Thinking Essays (2-3pages)

50% (for 10 Essays)

Three Days Each Week

Nicenet: On-Line Entry

15%

Final Exam Day

Final Projects: Web Pages

35%