In the early modern period (c. 1450–1800), women were deeply engaged in the creation, production, and diffusion of philosophy. They addressed ethical, political, metaphysical, educational, and natural issues. They created concepts, constructed theories, and critiqued or developed work by their male peers. Yet somewhere along the way, these women intellectuals disappeared (or were excluded) from conventional narratives of the history of philosophy. Though they were often famous in their own time, many are relatively unknown today.
The research network Philosophy in Other Words (POW) strives to change this. We are an interdisciplinary network for Nordic researchers working with any aspect of women’s philosophical activities in the early modern period. We are committed to retrieving and reframing women’s contributions to intellectual history by attending to specific women thinkers as well as to questions of gender, genre, and historiography more broadly.