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12 of the most important books for women in philosophy

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To celebrate women’s enormous contributions to philosophy, here is a reading list of books that explore recent feminist philosophy and women philosophers. Despite their apparent invisibility in the field in the past, women have been practising philosophers for centuries. Some of the great social and cultural movements have also been enriched by the female minds and their indefatigable efforts. Explore books on feminist philosophy, gender oppression, and women’s empowerment by female authors who approach pressing issues with analytical clarity and insight. Learn more about the classic female philosophers and their legacies.Categories We Live By: The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories, by ÁstaAsta examines the concept of social categories, which frame our identity, action, and opportunities. The main idea she draws on in her book is that social categories are conferred upon people. She illuminates what these categories are, and how they are created and sustained, demonstrating how these can be oppressive through examples from current event.Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice, by Myisha CherryThis book collects lively, diverse and engaging interviews of philosophers working on contemporary social and political issues from Myisha Cherry’s podcast Unmute. The interviews address some of the pressing issues of our day, including social protests, Black Lives Matter, climate change, education, integration, LGBTQ issues, and the #MeToo movement. Cherry asks the philosophers to talks about their ideas in accessible ways that non-philosophers can understand.Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy: A Critical Engagement with Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, by Sophie de Grouchy, Edited and translated by Sandrine Bergès, and Eric SchliesserThis is a new translation of a text by a largely forgotten female philosopher, Sophie de Grouchy (1764-1822),whose profound contributions. . .

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