Notes on the Women Philosophers
of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College


Barth, Else M. Women Philosophers:  A Bibliography of Books through 1990. Philosophy Documentation Center, 1992.

Dykeman, Therese Boos. American Women Philosophers, 1650-1930:  Six Exemplary Thinkers. Edward Mellen Press, 1993. In Lilly Library, B/850/A4.4/1993.

McAlister, Linda (ed.). Hypatia's Daughters:  1500 Years of Women Philosophers. Indiana University Press, forthcoming.

Reynolds, Myra. The Learned Lady in England, 1630-1760. Houghton Mifflin, 1920.

Smith, Hilda. Reason's Disciples:  Seventeenth Century English Feminists. University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Tuana, Nancy. Woman and the History of Philosophy. Paragon House, 1992.


Atherton, Margaret (ed.). Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period. Hackett Pub. Co., 1994.

Dykeman, Therese Boos (ed.). The Neglected Canon:  Nine Women Philosophers from the First to the Twentieth Century. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999.

Kersey, Ethel M. Women Philosophers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Press, 1989. In Lilly Library, REF/B/105/.W6/K4.7/1989.

Mahowald, Mary (ed.). Philosophy of Woman:  Classical to Current Sources. Hackett Pub. Co., third ed., 1994. (Mostly male philosophers on the subject of women.)

O'Neill, Eileen (ed.). Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries:  A Collection of Primary Sources. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Particular women philosophers
(chronological by year of birth)

Bradstreet, Ann; 1612/13 - 1672; English

Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia; 1618 - 1680; German

Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle; 1623 - 1673; English.

Conway, Anne Finch, Viscountess of; 1631 - 1678; English

Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham; 1659 - 1708; English

Astell, Mary; 1666 - 1731; English

Cockburn, Catharine Trotter; 1679 - 1749; English

Warren, Mercy Otis; 1728 - 1814; English

Macaulay, Catherine; 1731 - 1791; English

Murray, Judith Sargent; 1751-1820; English

Wollstonecraft, Mary; 1759 - 1797; English

Shepherd, Lady Mary; 1777 - 1847; English

Other philosophical women of the period, on whom I will have sections as I expand this file:

This file is an electronic hand-out for the course, Rationalism & Empiricism. It is a work in progress.

Ribbon] Peter Suber, Department of Philosophy, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, 47374, U.S.A. Copyright © 1998, Peter Suber.