The Center for the "History of Women Philosophers and Scientists" is a sponsored project since 2016.
The history of women philosophers dates as far back as the history of philosophy itself. Starting with the ancient world, many women contributed actively to the thought developed by different philosophical schools. During the Renaissance and the Enlightenment women continued to be involved in the emperical and creative philosophical discussions of their time, as well as dealing formatively with the given societal challenges.
Names such as Hypatia, Aspasia, Marie de Gournay, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Anne Conway, Emilie du Châtelet, Harriett Taylor Mill and Edith Stein represent only a part of the large but often disregarded group of women whose considerable contributions have influenced the development of philosophical thought in various ways up to the present.
The Teaching and Research Area ‘History of Women Philosophers’ (2005) headed by Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber aims at renewing the long-lasting tradition of women philosophers. In detail, the University of Paderborn offers unique opportunities to gain insight into the contributions of Women Philosophers to the history of ideas.
- 2010 First Curriculum in Philosophy Department with Women Philosophers "Philosophinnen im Focus" [download pdf]
- 2012 First Lecture on the History of Women Philosophers
Regular Courses on the Work of Women Philosophers throughout History
- Lecture: 2600 Years History of Women Philosophers (Ruth Hagengruber)
- Hildegard of Bingen (Julia Lerius)
- Elisabeth of Bohemia (Herford) (Julia Lerius)
- Enlightenment, featuring Emilie du Châtelet, Germany 18th Century (Ruth Hagengruber, Andrea Reichenberger, Ana Rodrigues)
- 19th century: Women and Economics, featuring Harriet Taylor Mill, Charlotte Perkins Gillman (Ruth Hagengruber, Kevin Dear, Jessica Harmening)
- 19th century: Women in Logic (Andrea Reichenberger)
- 20th century, Edith Stein, Gerda Walther, Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt (Maria Robasckiewicz, Ana Rodrigues, Julia Mühl, Ruth Hagengruber)
- Modern feminist theorists (Maria Robasckiewicz, Ana Rodrigues)