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Sartre's partner Simone de Beauvoir was a feminist and philosopher. But when I go through my memory banks, it seems that very few women are in the canon of philosophers.
Theophane wrote:What about Ayn Rand?
XavierAlex wrote:Sartre's partner Simone de Beauvoir was a feminist and philosopher. But when I go through my memory banks, it seems that very few women are in the canon of philosophers. As Jack Nicholson said in one movie, when asked how he wrote about women so well (He wrote Romance novels): "I imagine men and take away reason and accountability". Is Jack Nicholson right? And women cannot be philosophers? I understand this may be very misogynist sounding, but in the inherent differences between men and women, what are some famous women who tackle the big philosophical questions, and do so with as much rigor as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and so on?
And I understand there are women on this forum. And if you are, do you consider yourself a philosopher?
And lastly, I'm not speaking of women authors and poets. I mean bullet-point proofs, such as those by Wittgenstein.
Greta wrote:I'm not a philosopher but I'm not even sure what that is. It seems like an uneven mix of science, intuition, experience and woo woo. Like many, I'm just interested in overviews of life and the universe, but lack the intelligence, aptitude and inclination to go into too much detail.
I've read that philosophy is increasingly being rendered irrelevant by science as the latter continues to definitely answer questions once debated by philosophers. Increasingly theoretical physicists, biologists, mathematicians and chemists are seeing their work expand into traditionally philosophical realms that were once the domain of poets, artists, clergy and philosophers and other unreliable traders of verities (I've had involvement with art and music, myself).
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