Women, Philosophy and Science

Italy and Early Modern Europe

  • Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
  • Gianni Paganini

Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Women Philosophers and the Classical Inheritance

  3. Women Philosophers and the New Philosophy of Nature

  4. Men Philosophers on the Role of Women

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-218

About this book


This book sheds light on the originality and historical significance of women’s philosophical, moral, political and scientific ideas in Italy and early modern Europe. Divided into three sections, it starts by discussing the women philosophers’ engagement with the classical inheritance with regard to the works of Moderata Fonte, Tullia d'Aragona and Anne Conway. The next section examines the relationship between women philosophers and the new philosophy of nature, focusing on the connections between female thought and the new seventeenth- and eighteenth-century science, and discussing the work of Camilla Erculiani, Margherita Sarocchi, Margaret Cavendish, Mariangela Ardinghelli, Teresa Ciceri, Candida Lena Perpenti, and Alessandro Volta. The final section presents male philosophers’ perspectives on the role of women, discussing the place of women in the work of Giordano Bruno, Poulain de la Barre and the theories of Hobbes and Rawls. By exploring these women philosophers, writers and translators, the book offers a re-examination of the early modern thinking of and about women in Italy. 


Women Philosophers Women Scientists Men Philosophers on Women Early Modern Female Thinkers Early Modern Female Philosophers of Nature Italian female philosophers

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
    • 1
  • Gianni Paganini
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy, Department of CommunicationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Philosophy, Department of HumanitiesUniversity of PiedmontVercelliItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-44547-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-44548-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-8760
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-8779
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