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Early Women Philosophers in London Conference

Early Women Philosophers in London Conference


Recent years have seen significant work on women philosophers who contributed to the early development of analytic philosophy. A number of these philosophers were - in part because of limited opportunities in established centres such as Oxford and Cambridge - associated with Bedford College in the University of London.

At Bedford College, Susan Stebbing became the first woman to hold a Chair in Philosophy in the UK. Stebbing also founded the journal Analysis with her colleague Margaret MacDonald. Other Bedford philosophers included Ruby Meager and Ruth Lydia Saw, both founder members of the British Society of Aesthetics.  In this conference we aim to celebrate the work of these pioneering women philosophers of Bedford College. It will take place under the auspices of the Society for Women in Philosophy at ‘Royal Holloway and Bedford New College’, created out of a merger of the University of London’s two colleges for women, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College, in the 1980s. (More on the history of philosophy at Royal Holloway and Bedford.)

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Siobhan Chapman (Liverpool), '"Helpful criticisms": A Modern Introduction to Logic and Stebbing’s correspondence with Moore'
  • Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, London), 'Sophie Bryant: The Forgotten Philosopher of Psychology and Logic'
  • Stacie Friend (Birkbeck, London), 'Founding Women in Twentieth Century Aesthetics'
  • Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester), title tbc

It is taking place with generous support from the Analysis Trust, the Aristotelian Society, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Society for Applied Philosophy, and the Reed Research Fellowship.

[Image: Susan Stebbing by Howard Coster half-plate film negative, 1939 NPG x25713 © National Portrait Gallery, London.]

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