The Chess Game, Sofonisba Anguissola

Guest Lecture with Jill Hernandez

A Problem for Problematizing Philosophy's Gendered Past. Welcome to an exciting guest lecture on 15 November.


15.11.2019 - 12:15 to 14:00

Why are there so few women in the canon of philosophy? How can we find new voices from the past? Do we want to find new voices, or is the canon fixed? These questions are hotly debated in academic and public arenas at the national and international level.

At a time in which philosophy is engaging in much-needed introspection about the content and contours of its canon, early modern philosophy is in many ways leading the charge to extend the mantle to previously ignored voices. Apart from concern over what counts as philosophy, early modern philosophy faces the challenge of uncovering voices that are difficult to identify because either they wrote in guises other than philosophy or they did not write at all but were part of an oral tradition. Philosophy is surprisingly resistant towards including diverse voices, based on methodological or ideological purity arguments. This lecture will discuss the major arguments in the field both for and against including new female voices in the canon.

Professor Jill Hernandez is currently the Dean for the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Central Washington University. Her work focuses on ethics, early modern philosophy, and existentialism. Recent works include Early Modern Women and the Problem of Evil: Atrocity & Theodicy (Routledge, 2016) and Gabriel Marcel's Ethics of Hope: Evil, God, and Virtue (Bloomsburg, 2013).

Hernandez will be introduced by Eivor A. Oftestad who will also lead the discussion afterwards.

Room 317

Coffee and tea will be served.