chapter  7
12 Pages


ByCatherine Villanueva Gardner

Having looked at the work of these five philosophers it becomes clear, not simply that the types of form within which they wrote are excluded from dominant paradigms of “the philosophical” but also what underlies this exclusion. On the most immediate level, if we adhere to dominant paradigms of what is to constitute a philosophical text—whether in terms of its form, what sort of assessment it requires, or some such thing—then this may result in the automatic exclusion of works of many women philosophers. This exclusion simply in itself should be a cause for concern, especially in light of the fact that the use of these excluded forms was historically prevalent among women philosophers. Obviously these forms were not exclusively used by women, but we must not forget how sex can affect the categorization of a work or attempts to take the work seriously.