In this episode, Olivia Branscum speaks with Professor Gary Ostertag, Affiliated Associate Professor at the City University of New York and Professor of Philosophy at Nassau Community College. We discuss the life, context, and achievements of Emily Elizabeth Constance Jones, an early analytic philosopher who was working at the same time as people like Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell. Gary and I also talk about the positive philosophical value of writing about other people’s ideas, and the question of what it means to point out that Jones may have anticipated the work of Frege. Gary closes by offering some suggestions for where to start with reading Jones’s work.
E. E. Constance Jones’s texts “Practical Dualism;” “Professor Sidgwick’s Ethics;” “Henry Sidgwick” from Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics; A New Law of Thought and Its Logical Bearings; “Mr. Moore on Hedonism;” others can be found in the bibliography of Gary’s SEP article.
Gottlob Frege, ‘Über Sinn und Bedeutung’ (On Sense and Reference)
Hermann Lotze, Logic, in Three Books: Volume One
François Poulain de la Barre, On the Equality of the Two Sexes
Bertrand Russell, On Denoting
Henry Sidgwick, The Methods of Ethics
Anna Maria van Schurman, The learned maid; or, Whether a maid may be a scholar?
Eileen O’Neill, “Disappearing Ink”
Gary Ostertag, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on E. E. Constance Jones
Mary Ellen Waithe, A History of Women Philosophers
Gary Ostertag and Amanda Favia, 2020, “E. E. Constance Jones on the Dualism of Practical Reason,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
Christine Ladd-Franklin, 1890, Review of Elements of Logic as a Science of Propositions, Mind, 15: 559–563.
Olivia Branscum is a PhD student in Philosophy at Columbia University. She is co-producer of the ENN New Voices podcast