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  • Katherine Brading

Early Modern Women in Metaphysics

Emily Thomas's edited volume Early Modern Women in Metaphysics is out now, published by Cambridge University Press. For a review, and an overview of the contents, see Julia Borcherding in NDPR, who writes:

"In conclusion, if there is anything that this rich collection of essays leaves to wish for, it is that it leaves one with a wish for more. ...

"Through its many forays into the breadth and complexity of early modern women’s metaphysical thought, Thomas’ volume not only succeeds in marking out the important role female philosophers played in shaping the history of both metaphysics and philosophy of science (as opposed to domains in which we perhaps think it more likely to find them, because they reflect the genres that were thought more “appropriate” for women at the time). It also, in exploring the many pathways between their metaphysical and their scientific, moral, epistemological, and political endeavors, manages to capture the fundamental interconnectedness that is a hallmark of early modern metaphysics. In this way, it manages to provide us not only with a new window onto the diverse modes in which philosophers pursued metaphysical inquiries in the past, but also with a telescope for discovering new inspirations for how we might to do so in the future."

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