Ask most people to imagine a philosopher and they probably think of someone like Socrates—absent-minded, perhaps, but with a sharp intellect and a thirst for the truth. A woman juggling car pools and housework is not the first image that springs to mind, but women have taken huge steps in the philosophy profession over the past 50 years. Still, to this day, well-established women philosophers continue to face sexism from colleagues and students. Singing in the Fire is a unique, groundbreaking collection of autobiographical essays by leading women in philosophy. It mines the experience of the generation that witnessed, and helped create, the remarkable advances now evident for women in the field. These women are leaders and innovators, looking back on how they have been treated, how they might have done things differently, and how we might make progress in future generations.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; October 2003
- ISBN 9781461666257
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- Title: Singing in the Fire
- Author: Linda Martín Alcoff (ed.); Sandra Bartky (contrib.); Teresa Brennan (contrib.); Claudia Card (contrib.); Virginia Held (contrib.); Alison Jaggar (contrib.); Stephanie Lewis (contrib.); Uma Narayan (contrib.); Martha Nussbaum (contrib.); Andrea Nye (contrib.); Kristin Schrader-Frechette (contrib.); Ofelia Schutte (contrib.); Karen Warren (contrib.)
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In The Press
Sexist and racist prejudice are as virulent in the academy as elsewhere. The statistics are familiar but the point is brought home by this collection of autobiographical essays by women philosophers. The contributors are among those who have made it, have found a relatively secure niche in their chosen profession. What they describe is the obstacles they encountered along the way. These range from discriminatory practices that are technically illegal to embarrassing little sexist jokes. What enabled these women to survive is their passion for philosophy and for teaching together with the support of at least one sympathetic soul—colleague, friend, or spouse. Their stories—detailed, circumstantial, and even-tempered—are both informative and moving. (Think of those women, perhaps equally talented, who are less indefatigable or less lucky and who have been left behind!)
About The Author
Linda Mart'n Alcoff is professor of philosophy, political science, and women's studies at Syracuse University.