The history of philosophy has not done women justice: you ve probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?
The Philosopher Queens is a long-awaited book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy. This collection brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound but for the most part uncredited impact on the world.
You ll learn about Ban Zhao, the first woman historian in ancient Chinese history; Angela Davis, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the American Black Power Movement; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, known for examining the intersection of Islamic law and gender equality; and many more.For anyone who has wondered where the women philosophers are, or anyone curious about the history of ideas it’s time to meet the philosopher queens.
This fascinating book is exactly what you have been looking for if you are someone who likes to be served a slice of equality alongside your philosophical research…
You will be intrigued at some of these stories and wonder why they are not more widely discussed. Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection, The World’s Wife looks at the side of history that we aren’t often presented with and calls it HERstory instead of History – people who enjoy thinking about society from an alternative perspective will love this book and find some new heroes for the 21st Century here.
If you are fed up with philosophy that is stale, male and pale, then this is the book for you. You’ll be shocked at how much your 21st century attitude to philosophy has left whole chunks out and after reading this, I’m sure lots of people will be like me in thinking that we now have the technicolour version, rather than just seeing philosophical history through a black & white lens
The book is set out in twenty well-researched sections that provide you with much for for thought as you learn to open up your mind and realise that our philosophical forefathers were much more diverse than you ever could have imagined.
The accompanying illustrations add much to the book and I was struck by how modern some of the people presented here felt. It was really interesting to consider how much attitudes towards thought and humanity have fluctuated and changed over the years, particularly regarding the way that thinkers are celebrated and respected This is a book you can dip into and will want to read aloud to people at many points as some of the stories and anecdotes are just fascinating. I will definitely be using it at school and hopefully it will provoke a lot of discussion about perspective and the way we look at our past and ourselves.
I love reviewing non fiction and I’ve been sent some amazing non fiction reads on eclectic subjects from earthquakes to serial killers – but I do have to say I found this one of the most fascinating and informative reads of this year and it would make a fabulous gift as it’s as beautifully presented as it is thought-provoking.
I recommend this book to people who love delving back into the past and finding out things that both surprise and delight them. If you would describe yourself as a 21st century feminist, or know one then you’ll bloody love this book, and if you have a birthday coming up, this would make for a fabulous gift.
Treat yourself to a copy here and enjoy a slice of this thought provoking and important take on the way we think. It’s a great read and will educate as much as it entertains. A five star September read for those who like a bit of edification with weekend reading
Writers On The Shelf
Rebecca Buxton is is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, working on political philosophy and forced migration. Her research looks at the civil and political rights of refugees and migrants in particular. Rebecca completed her BA in philosophy at King’s College London and her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.
Lisa Whiting is a policy professional specialising in areas concerning practical ethics. She currently works for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Alongside working, she studies Government, Policy and Politics at Birkbeck, University of London.