Singing in the Fire: Stories of Women in Philosophy

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Linda Alcoff
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 171 pages
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Ask most people to imagine a philosopher and they probably think of someone like Socrates absent-minded, perhaps, but with a sharp intellect and a thirst for the truth. A woman juggling car pools and housework is not the first image that springs to mind, but women have taken huge steps in the philosophy profession over the past 50 years. Still, to this day, well-established women philosophers continue to face sexism from colleagues and students. Singing in the Fire is a unique, groundbreaking collection of autobiographical essays by leading women in philosophy. It mines the experience of the generation that witnessed, and helped create, the remarkable advances now evident for women in the field. These women are leaders and innovators, looking back on how they have been treated, how they might have done things differently, and how we might make progress in future generations."

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In this collection, a dozen contemporary American and British women present autobiographical pieces on their careers in philosophy. Claudia Card and Andrea Nye may be familiar to lay readers as ... Read full review

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Balm for the spirit. Nothing is more beutiful than women living their lives on their own terms, in the face of a world that tells them to settle and no longer strive. I wish every philosopher and philosophy student would read this. Read full review

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A Life Sentence in Bohemia
My Open Agenda or How Not to Make the Right Career Moves
Finding My Voice Reminiscence of an Outlaw
Taking Oneself Seriously But Not Too
Whats a Brown Girl like You Doing in the Ivory Tower? Or How I Became a Feminist Philosopher
Dont Smile So Much Philosophy and Women in the 1970s
At the Feet of Mrs Ramsay
Philosophy and Life A Singular Case of Their Interconnection
Autobiography of a WhistleBlower
Getting Here from There
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Linda Mart'n Alcoff is professor of philosophy, political science, and women's studies at Syracuse University.

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