Lisa Shapiro is the PI of this project. She is Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, 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.
Jacqueline Broad is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Melbourne. Her main area of research is women's philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She has written on women's social and political thought, their theories of virtue, and conceptions of the self, as well as connections between feminism and Cartesianism in the early modern period. She is currently working on a project on the philosophical foundations of women’s rights prior to the enlightenment.
Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Lyon3. A specialist in Cartesianism, she works on the feminine and feminist posterity of this philosophy. She also contributes to the exhumation of early modern philosophical figures such as Marie de Gournay.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Kristin Gjesdal is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. She works in the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century philosophy, philosophy of art, phenomenology, and philosophy of interpretation. She is the author of three monographs: Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (CUP), Herder’s Hermeneutics (CUP), and The Drama of History: Ibsen, Hegel, Nietzsche (OUP). She is the editor and co-editor of seven volumes covering aesthetics, nineteenth-century philosophy, hermeneutics, and other topics. Her work in philosophy of interpretation and nineteenth-century philosophy has led her to take an interest in women philosophers in the nineteenth century. With Dalia Nassar (Sydney), she is co-editing two forthcoming volumes: 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). Kristin Gjesdal is currently working on a book-length project covering the contributions of women philosophers in the lineage from romanticism to phenomenology. Updates on her work can be found on her department webpage or her website.
Vili Lähteenmäki is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow in the University of Helsinki. He works primarily on early modern metaphysics and philosophy of mind, in particular on theories of consciousness and selfhood. Currently he is the PI of an Academy of Finland funded project Thick Subjects: A Reconsideration of Early Modern Views of the Self (2020-24) which examines an early modern line of thinking in which a simple subject of thought increases into an embodied subject fit for emotions and sensations and ultimately for socially embedded moral agency by integrating thus far largely neglected early modern philosophers as philosophers of the self.
Antonia LoLordo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. She is the editor of Mary Shepherd’s Essays on the Perception of an External Universe (Oxford, 2020) and the author ofLocke’s Moral Man (Oxford, 2012) and Pierre Gassendi and the Birth of Early Modern Philosophy. With Aaron Garrett, she founded and edits the Journal of Modern Philosophy (jmphil.org).
As head of Duke University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship & Publishing Services department, Liz Milewicz advises and leads initiatives and services that encourage the creation, use, and dissemination of scholarly materials in a range of media. Currently she serves as co-director of Project Vox (https://projectvox.library.duke.edu ), an open educational resource on early modern women philosophers that is collaboratively developed by Duke Libraries and the Duke Department of Philosophy and that serves as a platform for students, faculty, and staff to develop hands-on experience in digital publishing.
Lydia Patton works in philosophy of science, history of philosophy of science, and history of philosophy. In her academic work, she has translated and done research on the work of Rosa Luxemburg, Émilie du Châtelet, and Jewish philosophers Hermann Cohen and Ernst Cassirer. She has hosted panels studying disability with her colleague Ashley Shew. She is a member of the Society for Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) and the International Association for Science and Cultural Diversity (IASCUD). In teaching, she has strengthened the modern philosophy curriculum in her department's undergraduate major by revising syllabi to study worldwide traditions of philosophy, including Indian, African, and Latin American philosophy.
Hasana Sharp earned her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University (2005) and a diplôme (pensionnaire scientifique étranger) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (2004). Her research is in the history of political philosophy and feminist theory with a focus on Spinoza. Her 2011 book examines the implications of Spinoza's denial of human exceptionalism for ethics and politics, with consideration of arguments in feminist thought and critical race theory. She is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded research project on Spinoza and Servitude. She interested in how his analyses of human servitude, bondage, and slavery, central to both his ethics and politics, can be understood in relationship to other models. In particular, how do Spinoza's philosophical and political conceptions of servitude interact with the notions of his contemporaries objecting to the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples or to the domination of women?
Anik Waldow is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney. She mainly works in early modern philosophy and has published articles on the moral and cognitive function of sympathy, early modern theories of personal identity and the role of affect in the formation of the self. More recently, she has started to investigate the role of sentiment in French 18th century theories of cognition and intersubjective processes of knowledge acquisition. One of the aims of this project is to understand better in which way less known French writers contributed to the Scottish debate on sympathy and affective communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.