Lisa Shapiro is the PI of this project. She is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. At the beginning of the project she was Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She is translator and editor of The Correspondence of Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes (Chicago 2007), co-editor (with Martin Pickavé) of Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy (OUP 2012), and editor of Pleasure: A History (OUP 2018). Her research has examined the philosophy Descartes and Spinoza through their accounts of the passions, and has recovered the philosophical work early modern women. She is currently working on a monograph about how 17th century philosophers develop Cartesian philosophy of mind in their arguments for women’s education.
Marguerite Deslauriers is a Professor of Philosophy at McGill University who works in ancient, renaissance, and early modern philosophy, with a focus on the history of feminist philosophy. She is the author of Aristotle on Definition (Brill, 2007) and Aristotle on Sexual Difference: Metaphysics, Biology, Politics (forthcoming, Oxford, 2021), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Politics (Cambridge, 2013). In 2017 she was a Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. She founded McGill's Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) in 2009, and was its first Director. She is working on an edited volume of translations of early feminist works: Equality and Superiority: Texts from Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (under contract with OUP). Searchable transcriptions of some of these texts, and information about the authors and the contexts in which they were writing, can be found at querelle.ca. Deslauriers is also a co-investigator on the ongoing collaborative research project: The philosophical foundations of women’s rights: a new history, 1600-1750 (with Jacqueline Broad, PI and Deborah Brown), funded by the Australian Research Council, 2019-22.
Nic Bommarito is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. His research centres on Buddhist philosophy and related traditions, with special focus on worked written in Tibetan.
Karen Detlefsen is Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy, on women philosophers of that period, and on the interaction of metaphysics and the life sciences. She has published on a wide range of figures, including Astell, Cavendish, Descartes, Du Châtelet, Hobbes, Malebranche, and Wolff, and on topics in metaphysics, natural philosophy, ethics and social-political philosophy. She is currently with Andrew Janiak completing a monograph on Du Châtelet's philosophy. She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, The Australian Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is committed to cultivating greater inclusion in the discipline of philosophy, which she intertwines with her role as Founding Director of Penn’s Project in Philosophy for the Young, a broad-based project to bring philosophy into Philadelphia’s public-school classrooms.
Dalia Nassar is a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney. She works in the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century philosophy, the history of science (especially biology and ecology), as well as the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and environmental philosophy. Her publications include The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in German Romantic Philosophy (Chicago, 2014), and The Relevance of Romanticism (ed., OUP, 2014). She is the co-editor of two forthcoming volumes on women philosophers: Women Philosophers in the Long Nineteenth Century: The German Tradition (OUP, 2021) and The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition (2022).
The collaborators listed below is only almost complete -- a number of additional current collaborators will appear very soon. One of our objectives is to expand our network. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch through the form on the home page.
Donald Ainslie is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. While his research has thus far focused on canonical figures, primarily David Hume, he is looking forward to the opportunity of broadening his understanding of the broader early modern period, especially the work of Mary Astell and Catharine Trotter Cockburn. He is the author of Hume’s True Scepticism (OUP, 2015) and is currently working on Hume’s System of Ethics (under contract with OUP).
Delphine Antoine-Mahut is Professor of History of Modern Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Her research focuses on Cartesianism through its reception:
1/ according to a physiological axis, which analyses how metaphysics is put to work by anatomists and doctors to build a science of man and try to cure him;
2/ and according to a historiographical axis, which analyses the Canon formation of the Humanities excluding physiology and, more broadly, positive knowledge.
As a member of the Institut d'Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités (IHRIM, CNRS, UMR 5317), she directs the pole ENS in Lyon. She is co-responsible with the medical anthropologist Samuel Lézé for the research program BATTMAN (The Battle for the Science of Man in XIXth century France) financed by LabEx COMOD (Constitution et Origines de la Modernité).
Her latest book, "L'autorité d'un canon philosophique. Le cas Descartes" (Vrin, 2021), will be followed by "Le roi oublié de la philosophie française. L'effet Cousin", also published by Vrin.
My main research within the New Narratives Project is about Women Philosophers in Socratic schools in the 4th century BCE. I am also interested in methodological issues involved in reintroducing philosophers without extant works into the History of Philosophy.
I work primarily on topics in medieval metaphysics and mostly with authors working in the European Latin tradition. I also have interests in the vernacular European contemplative tradition and Arabic philosophy and theology. I am currently working with team headed by Christia Mercer on a new translation and commentary of Anne Conway's Principles.
Sandrine Bergès is associate professor in philosophy at Bilkent University in Ankara. Her publications include: Sophie de Grouchy's Letters on Sympathy (with Eric Schliesser), The Wollstonecraftian Mind (with Eileen Hunt Botting and Alan Coffee), Women and Autonomy (with Alberto Siani)The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (with Alan Coffee) A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics and The Routledge Companion to Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. I work on women's moral and political philosophy. I've written about women doing virtue ethics in the 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th century; Mary Wollstonecraft; and women's political thought during the French Revolution. I'm now looking at women's philosophical writings on the home from Antiquity to the 20th century.
Mes recherches porte sur la question du problème philosophique de l'athée vertueux : Est-il possible pour un athée d'être vertueux, c'est-à-dire de dépasser son égoïsme pour se préoccuper de l'intérêt général, ou, n'ayant aucune crainte d'une punition après la mort, ne va-t-il pas faire de la satisfaction de ses plaisirs son but suprême? J'étudie comment cette question est née au XVIIème siècle en France, via l'apparition des libertins qui sont les premiers à tenter de détacher la morale de la religion : les apologistes, leur ont opposés pour défendre au contraire l'absolue nécessité de la religion pour parvenir à la vertu. Je veux ensuite montrer comment cette question qui donc était davantage abordée comme un problème anthropologique au XVIIe (la question est celle de la nature humaine : l'homme peut-il faire le bien sans la grâce?) est devenue politique au XVIIIe (la question devenant : les citoyens ont-ils besoin d'une religion pour dépasser leur égoïsme et penser à l'intérêt général, donc pour bien voter?) Dans mes recherches, les femmes philosophes ont une grande importance. D'abord parce qu'en tant que femmes, elles sont extrêmement concernées par ces débats : l'Église régit encore plus la conduite des femmes que celles des hommes, et surtout libertins comme apologistes ne définissent pas la vertu attendue des femmes de la même manière que celle des hommes. J'étudie donc tout particulièrement Ninon de Lenclos, dont il reste très peu d'écrits mais autour de laquelle s'est cristallisé un véritable mythe : celui d'une femme se revendiquant d'une morale d'homme, celui d'une femme prônant la même morale pour les deux sexes. Ninon de Lenclos ne défend donc pas seulement la possibilité pour un athée d'être vertueux, elle défend également que cette vertu soit la même pour les femmes et les hommes. Je m'intéresse également à d'autres femmes qui ont joué un rôle dans ces débats autour de l'athée vertueux, comme Madame Deshoulières. Par ailleurs, j'ai écrit trois articles sur trois femmes philosophes (« Jacqueline Pascal, le courage de la vérité », « Madame Guyon, la liberté dans l'esclavage », « Isabelle de Charrière, l'exigence morale dans le scepticisme ») pour une anthologie de textes de femmes philosophes dirigée par Anne-Lise Rey à paraître bientôt : Anne-Lise REY (dir.), Philosophies : féminin pluriel. Anthologie des femmes philosophes, Classiques Garnier, (à paraître).
A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, I am associate professor at the University of Lyon. I specialize in the study of French 17th-Century Literature, with a focus on the history of polemical writings, especially in their relationship to readers. My latest research aims at introducing more book history and material bibliography in the study of literary history, with two main fields: collections and sammelband of “mazarinades”, pamphlets produced during the political crisis of the Fronde (1649-1652); and “keyed books” or “à clef” books, a type of book that allows to study how editorial paratexts attempts to shape the understanding of texts and how readers react to it (monograph under review for publication : Le Secret de l’Oeuvre. Lecture et Ecriture à Clef dans la France de l’Ancien Régime). This research has led me to study the place given to women in the narration of literary history, with a focus on the category of "precieuse" as it has been shaped in the 19th c. to talk about female thinkers and authors.
Deborah Boyle is currently working on preparing a modern, abridged version of Cavendish's Philosophical Letters to make this important work more accessible for use in the classroom. She is also writing Mary Shepherd: A Guide for a new series by Oxford University Press.
Professor Brown is a specialist in early modern philosophy, particularly, the work of René Descartes. As part of this partnership project, she is working on the reception of Cartesian metaphysics and moral psychology among feminists of the early modern period who used Descartes’ emphasis on the rational will, autonomy and self-sufficiency, and the fundamental recognition of moral equality built into Cartesian ethics, to ground arguments for women’s moral equality with men. Early modern feminists to be examined include inter alia Mary Astell, Sophia and Poulaine de la Barre. She is a collaborator with Jacqueline Broad and Marguerite Deslauriers on an (2019-2021) Australian Research Council Discovery project, The Philosophical Foundations of Women’s Rights: A New History, 1600-1750.
Skye C. Cleary PhD MBA is author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2020). She is working on a book about women philosophers and authenticity. She teaches at Columbia University and Barnard College.
Unn Falkeid is Professor of History of Ideas at University of Oslo. She has published broadly on early modern intellectual history (1300-1700). Her research focuses especially on Renaissance humanism, book history, late medieval political thought, and women's contribution to early modern history of knowledge.
Allauren Samantha Forbes
Allauren Samantha Forbes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and is cross-appointed to Gender and Social Justice at McMaster University. Her research focuses on socio-politically transformative relations like marriage, friendship, and custom in the writings of women philosophers from the 16th to 19th centuries.
I am a professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the State University of Campinas and one of the editors of the Blog Mulheres na Filosofia. Having dedicated my last ten years to the topic of education for the formation of moral and political judgment - and its relationship with citizenship and freedom - in the philosophical works of Hannah Arendt and Seyla Benhabib, I now intend to investigate the same theme in the work of Women Philosophers in the 17h and 18h centuries.
SERGIO Gallegos Ordorica
Sergio Gallegos Ordorica is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). His primary research and teaching interests lie in Latin American philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy of Race. His work in the last few years has been focused on the thought of the Novohispanic poet, playwright and philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1965). He has recently completed a monograph for the Cambridge Elements series on Sor Juana’s villancicos (carols), which makes the case that they should be included in the philosophical canon. He is currently at work on several other smaller projects on Sor Juana, which include several articles and book chapters which focus on her views on moral psychology.