The Exclusion of Women Thinkers in the History of Philosophy

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Lecture/Talk/Seminar Academic Talk Feminism Philosophy

Mon, Nov 6, 2023

1 PM – 2:30 PM (GMT+2)

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Mary Cross Lecture Hall

AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74, New Cairo, 11835, Egypt




If one asks people to name a philosopher, most people think of figures like Plato, Aristotle or Nietzsche, that is, of white men of a certain age, probably wearing some beard. Yet, in recent years, work on “forgotten” historical female and/or non-white thinkers has gained momentum, and more and more of them are getting rediscovered.

In this talk, Ariane Schneck will focus on the neglected contributions of female thinkers throughout the history of philosophy. In so doing, Schneck will introduce a selection of them, beginning with Hypatia of Alexandria, and then show how they were excluded from the so-called “canon.” Schneck will argue that this exclusion was not due to them producing philosophically less significant work but due to (sexist) discrimination. The so-called “canon” is thus not an objective representation of philosophical history “as it really was” but the result of injustice done to females and other marginalized thinkers that should be corrected. Schneck will end her talk by pointing out ways to correct this injustice and hence to make the history of philosophy not only more inclusive and diverse but also more historically accurate.

AUC is a tobacco-free community. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
A photo ID is required for entry. Facial recognition is required at all times.



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Ariane Schneck

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Bielefeld University, Germany


  • Early Modern Philosophy (esp. Descartes and Elisabeth of Bohemia)

  • Philosophy of Mind (esp. Philosophy of Emotions), Feminist Philosophy, Aesthetics

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Mario Hubert

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy


Before joining the Department of Philosophy at The American University in Cairo (AUC), Mario Hubert was the Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen postdoctoral instructor in the philosophy of physics at the California Institute of Technology from 2019 to 2022. Hubert also received an Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation for conducting research as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and New York University between 2018 and 2019.

His research focuses on the ontology and epistemology of modern physics, such as classical mechanics, electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics. He is particularly interested in the following questions: What exists according to our best physical theories? and How can we know and understand what exists?

Hubert’s article When Fields Are Not Degress of Freedom, co-written with Vera Hartenstein, has received an honorable mention in the 2021 BJPS Popper Prize Competition, which is awarded to the article judged to be the best published in that year’s volume of The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Hubert is an ordinary trustee of the Philosophy of Physics Society and a Fellow at the John Bell Institute for the Foundations of Physics.

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