Nísia Floresta

Sunday, July 7, 2024

What Is It

Nísia Floresta was a 19th-century writer and translator known as “the Brazilian Mary Wollstonecraft.” She published the first book on women’s rights in South America, when Brazil was gaining independence from Portugal and a new post-colonial nation was being built. She also argued for the rights of the enslaved and indigenous Brazilians, who were marginalized and exploited in this new nation. Josh and Ray explore her life and thought with Nastassja Pugliese from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, author of Nísia Floresta (Elements on Women in the History of Philosophy).

Part of our Wise Women series, generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Josh Landy  
Coming up on Philosophy Talk: the life and thoughts of Nisia Floresta.

Ray Briggs  
A 19th century writer, translator and educator from Brazil.