Abstract

Before women could become visible as philosophers, they had first to become visible as rational autonomous thinkers. A social and ethical position holding that chastity was the most important virtue for women, and that rationality and chastity were incompatible, was a significant impediment to accepting women's capacity for philosophical thought. Thus one of the first tasks for women was to confront this belief and argue for their rationality in the face of a self-referential dilemma.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 1-19
Launched on MUSE
2006-09-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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