Calypso's Oath: On Biased Traditions in Philosophy

Maja Pellikaan-Engel

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Arguing that the history of philosophy too often provides one-sided views solely in favor of male thought, this book calls for readers to reevaluate several well-known texts from classical antiquity and to pay attention to the insights of women philosophers, from early champions of equal rights, such as Hipparchia and Olympe de Gouges, to present day thinkers, such as Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, and Martha Nussbaum. This study shows, for example, how Homer’s character Calypso is typically viewed as an egoistic sex bomb, but when her protests against a double standard and her argument that rationality and empathy together form the basis of proper moral conduct are examined, they show her thoughts to be surprisingly modern. It is equally accessible for students and professor of philosophy as it is for lay people interested in the subject.

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Maja Pellikaan-Engel is a former classics teacher at Murmellius Gymnasium in Alkmaar and a former board member of the IAPh: Internationale Assoziation von Philosophinnen/International Association of Women Philosophers. She is the editor of Against Patriarchal Thinking: A Future without Discrimination? and the author of several articles on classical texts and the rights of women and children.

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