Archaeology of the Female Intellectual Identity

During the early modern period, books appeared all over Europe featuring women famous for their learning, the so-called catalogues and lexica of learned women. The text genre became especially popular in Germany and in Denmark. Most of the women philosophers portrayed in these texts did not find their way in standard accounts of the history of philosophy. We assume that considering this text tradition will broaden our understanding of the history of philosophy and lead to a more accurate understanding of the role women played in philosophy’s past.