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    Philosophy’s First Hysterectomy: Diotima of Mantinea
    Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 29 125-129. 2018.
    Philosophy became known as a “man’s” profession over the past three thousand years. This is an account of how, in the case of Diotima of Mantinea, the histories of philosophy came to systematically ignore, overlook, doubt and declare false the fact that some philosophers had uteruses. The effect has been a massive hysterectomy –the removal from or ignoring of women’s contributions to Philosophy as related by the major histories and encyclopedias of Philosophy. This nearly discipline-wide hystere…Read more
  • Maria Dzielska
    Hypatia 10 (4): 161-168. 1995.
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    Adoration and Annihilation: The Convent Philosophy of Port-Royal (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4): 501-508. 2010.
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    Oliva Sabuco's New Philosophy of Human nature (1587) is an early modern philosophy of medicine that challenged the views of the successors to Aristotle, especially Galen and Ibn Sina (Avicenna). It also challenged the paradigm of the male as the epitome of the human and instead offers a gender-neutral philosophy of human nature. Now largely forgotten, it was widely read and influential amongst philosophers of medicine including DeClave, LePois, Harvey,Southey and others, particularly for its acc…Read more
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    An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers (edited book)
    with Therese Boos Dykeman, Eve Browning, Judith Chelius Stark, Jane Duran, Marilyn Fischer, Lois Frankel, Edward Fullbrook, Jo Ellen Jacobs, Vicki Harper, Joy Laine, Kate Lindemann, Elizabeth Minnich, Andrea Nye, Margaret Simons, Audun Solli, Catherine Villanueva Gardner, Karen J. Warren, and Henry West
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2008.
    This is a unique, groundbreaking study in the history of philosophy, combining leading men and women philosophers across 2600 years of Western philosophy, covering key foundational topics, including epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Introductory essays, primary source readings, and commentaries comprise each chapter to offer a rich and accessible introduction to and evaluation of these vital philosophical contributions. A helpful appendix canvasses an extraordinary number of women philosoph…Read more
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    Acting for Others: Towards a Theory of Paternalism
    Dissertation, University of Minnesota. 1982.
    The central goal of this essay is to develop a theory of justified paternalism that will be useful in evaluating and designing paternalistic public policies. The theory is designed for a society that promotes the development of characteristics of autonomy in its members. In the opening chapter I analyze widely-held legal, familial and philosophic conceptions of paternalism, discuss the inadequacies of each of those conceptions and develop a "unified" conception of paternalism. In Chapter II I an…Read more
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    The Ethics of Teaching Ethics
    Hastings Center Report 20 (4): 17-21. 1990.
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    Teaching Ethics: Right to Refuse?
    with Angela R. Holder, James D. Gagnon, J. Richard Durnan, and David T. Ozar
    Hastings Center Report 21 (3): 39-40. 1991.
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    Courses in the history of philosophy which exclude contributions made by women cannot legitimately claim to teach this history. This is true, not merely because those histories are incomplete, but rather because they give a biased account. I sketch the difficulties thus posed for the profession, and offer suggestions for developing a less biased, more accurate understanding of the history of philosophy.
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    Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period
    Teaching Philosophy 18 (3): 290-292. 1995.
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    A History of Women Philosophers, Volume I: Ancient Women Philoophers, 600 B.C. - 500 A.D., edited by Mary Ellen Waithe, is an important but somewhat frustrating book. It is filled with tantalizing glimpses into the lives and thoughts of some of our earliest philosophical foremothers. Yet it lacks a clear unifying theme, and the abrupt transitions from one philosopher and period to the next are sometimes disconcerting. The overall effect is not unlike that of viewing an expansive landscape, illum…Read more
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    Adoration and Annihilation: The Convent Philosophy of Port-Royal
    International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4): 501-508. 2010.