An important volume connecting classical studies with feminism, Feminism and Ancient Philosophy provides an even-handed assessment of the ancient philosophers' discussions of women and explains which ancient views can be fruitful for feminist theorizing today. The papers in this anthology range from classical Greek philosophy through the Hellenistic period, with the predominance of essays focusing on topics such as the relation of reason and the emotions, the nature of emotions and desire, and related issues in moral psychology. The volume contains some new, ground-breaking essays on Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics, as well as previously published pieces by established scholars like Martha Nussbaum and Julia Annas. It promises to be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience including those working in classics, ancient philosophy, and feminist theory.
"This collection succeeds well in its stated goal of providing the reader with an illustrative survey of some of the recent work in the nexus of ancient philosophy and feminist theory … I recommend this book highly for specialists and students in the field of classics, philosophy, and women's studies, as well as for general readers." -- Elizabeth Belfiore, University of Minnesota
I. WOMEN'S NATURE AND CAPABILITIES, [I. REASON AND EMOTION: ARISTOTELIAN SYNTHESES, III. APPLICATIONS OF ARISTOTELIAN ETHICS, IV. LOGOS AND DESIRE