DYCK, C. W.,
Women and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Germany.
Oxford University Press, 2021. 272p. Hardback. This impressive volume, the first of its kind, debunks the common assumption that women had little or nothing to contribute to philosophical debates in 18th-century Germany. Even though society prevented them from having careers like their male peers, the enlightened women presented in the book engaged in existing debates, initiated new ones, challenged and inspired their interlocutors, made philosophical ideas accessible to a wider audience, and fought against prejudices and oppressing conditions by theoretical and practical means. The volume shows admirably how these female intellectuals invented ways of making philosophy relevant to the concerns of their time and, by so doing, challenged the traditional view of what it means to be a woman and what it means to do philosophy. All chapters are very well written and based on original research of texts and histories many of which so far remained in the shadows. Professor Karin de Boer, University of Leuven |a 12/05/2021 (Publisher's information).