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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Duke Conference to Examine Gender and Philosophy | Duke Today

Photo: Eric Ferreri
"An April conference will examine the role of under-represented women in philosophy" notes Eric Ferreri, Senior Writer. 

A year ago, a team of Duke University scholars unveiled a new website with the modest goal of providing unusual and hard-to-get teaching resources to philosophy professors.

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher whose legacy is being reexamined by Project Vox
But the initiative, called Project Vox, took root among scholars in the field, promoted in particular by proponents of influential female philosophers largely lost to history.

In its short life, Project Vox, which aims to bring those female thinkers to the fore of modern philosophy education, has taken off.

“The expected audience worldwide would have been make 3,000 – there’s maybe that many philosophy teachers out there,” says Andrew Janiak, a Duke philosophy professor and leader of the project. “But we’ve had 19,000 original visitors. It’s well past what we expected.”

Buoyed by a series of grants, Vox is now getting a facelift, with a new website debuting soon. And a $64,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is allowing Janiak and his team to host a three-day conference April 14-17 at Duke where roughly 30 philosophers from the United States and seven other countries will discuss the growing role of females in teaching their craft.

The conference, to be held at Smith Warehouse, will analyze the work of females over the last four centuries whose work was well regarded in their time but often pushed to the edges by male leaders of the field. Janiak’s team has spent years now digging through old texts, letters and other documents from philosophers such as Emilie du Chatelet, a French Newtonian mechanics scholar in the 1700s, and Damaris Cudworth “Lady” Masham, an English philosopher in the late 1600’s.

By unearthing their work, translating them when needed and making them available on the Project Vox website, Janiak’s team provides access to new resources for philosophy instructors.
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Related links
Émilie du Châtelet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Damaris Cudworth Masham - The Society for the Study of Women Philosophers 

Source: Duke Today