Workshop on Birgitte Thott (1610-1662) and her intellectual contexts

In the early modern period, Birgitte Thott (1610-1662) was considered the most prominent Danish female philosopher and was a fixture in catalogues of learned women (lærde fruentimmer) popular in the 1700s. From the beginning of the 19th century, however, the memory of Thott, her circle of female intellectuals and the genre cataloguing them fell out of favour. Both Thott and the genre have largely been overlooked by modern scholarship, especially within philosophy. The workshop will critically address the reasons for this neglect and explore Birgitte Thott and her thought in historical context.