#BlogTour The Philosopher Queens -Editors Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting

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.

Philosophy is a field I feel rather ignorant about, although I have enjoyed the little dabbles into small sections when I have had the opportunity to do so. I will be honest and say that if I was asked to name any famous female philosophers, prior to reading this book I do not believe I would have scored highly, if even at all! Worse still, I don’t even think I had acknowledged this rather large gap in my knowledge and I feel ashamed about this!

The Philosopher Queens is written in such a way that it can be easily dipped in and out of and strikes a pleasing balance between providing information but also entertaining the reader. I enjoyed reading a few sections per day rather than reading in one or two larger chunks. There is enough detail to give a flavour of each of their contributions to their field without bombarding the non-specialist reader. The illustrations are lovely and made me smile as I read. I found this book fascinating but also a little depressing, not because of the content but because there are so many important women who have somehow been hidden behind the men of their times. There is a helpful list of resources at the end of the book which gives those who want to read a bit further around the topic a place to begin.

In my opinion, The Philosopher Queens is a book well worth reading. It is a non intimidating introduction for anyone who has even a passing curiosity about philosophy. It is an important book that highlights and acknowledges the vast contribution that has been made by women, from ancient times right up to the modern day.

About the editors: Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting met at secondary school, where they discovered a shared passion for philosophy. Rebecca is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, where her research focuses on the political rights of refugees and forced migrants. Lisa is completing her MSc in Government, Policy and Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. Alongside studying, she works as a policy advisor in areas concerning practical ethics. Both Rebecca and Lisa are available for events, interview and features, as are various contributors.

Thank you to Unbound for my copy and to Random Things Tours for my invitation to the BlogTour!

Published by Intensive Gassing About Books @AboutGassing

Anaesthetist and Intensive Care doctor with a passion for reading in my spare time!

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