Anthology of Primary Sources for Teaching
Broadview Early Modern Philosophy
Lisa Shapiro and Marcy Lascano are in the process of editing an anthology of primary sources to be published by Broadview Press. Distinctively, the anthology will includes the works of many women philosophers of the period. We expect a minimum of 20% of the texts to be included to be written by women, and hopefully significantly more than that. Textbooks for teaching early modern philosophy take one of two forms: an anthology of primary sources or a narrative of the development of the philosophy of the period with no complete primary texts. Standard anthologies of primary sources either include no works by women, or consist solely of works by women, thereby separating the philosophical work of women from the core texts. Narrative textbooks may include women thinkers of the period, but they don't allow for students to actually read the works of these women (or other philosophers mentioned). We are hoping this anthology will make it easy to include women thinkers, reading the works of these women, in standard early modern philosophy courses.
The anthology will come with suggestions of how to connect the selected texts together thematically. The texts can thus be grouped into thematic clusters or modules. This will make it easy for instructors to try something new, whether that is simply bringing new figures into the standard storyline or trying out new storylines.
We are working with Broadview to think about better ways of delivering an anthology technology, whether that be ordering the anthology by thematic cluster, rather than as a whole big heavy book or by having the anthology be an e-book. While books are great, durable technology, we are also cognizant that instructors rarely use the whole of an anthology.
How to deliver an anthology?