Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, so we've highlighted some past episodes for you to include in your March listening. The playlist below is hardly exhaustive; women- and gender-related issues are regularly discussed in our programs. That said, there are certainly other relevant topics and historical figures to which we haven't devoted entire episodes. Got a suggestion? Send it to comments@philosophytalk.org.

This month's playlist begins with one of the most renowned women in the history of philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir. John and Ken explored her life and thought in 2014 with Shannon Mussett from Utah Valley University, editor of Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler. Another philosopher who's received renewed attention recently is Hannah Arendt, whose book The Origins of Totalitarianism saw a spike in sales after the 2016 presidential election, so check out John and Ken's 2008 conversation with Seyla Benhabib from Yale University. Of course the 2016 election also saw the first female canadidate nominated by a major party, and with it a renewed discussion of Misogyny in politics and beyond; Ken and Debra explored this with Cornell University's Kate Manne, author of Down, Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. A couple of years earlier John and Ken chatted with Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger, author of Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering to ask how misogyny — or at least a lack of consciousness about gender — can affect scientific research. And more recently Ken and Debra discussed with Joan Tronto from the University of Minnesota how feminism can further inform our politics by fostering an ethics of care. Happy listening!


Women's History Month

Simone de Beauvoir

Hannah Arendt


Science and Gender