Donde están las mujeres?

One of the criticisms of the anthology we anticipate is that it includes almost no women philosophers. The fact of the matter, however, is that there were very few female students of philosophy in the first half of 20th century in Mexico, and even fewer who would go on to do original work of their own. Rosa Kraze de Koteniuk is a notable exception, but her best known work, A la filosofía de Antonio Caso, while very insightful, is still a commentary on a major (male) figure. So there is only one woman in this first volume, Rosario Castellanos, because there weren’t many others we could have included.

But this doesn’t mean that there won’t be many more women (or more indigenous thought) in the second or third volume, one on the second half of the 20th century or the broader history of Mexican thought throughout the siglos, or that we can’t learn about why women were excluded from a careful examination of the politics in philosophy in Mexico.

To this end, Fanny Del Rio has begun an important series of interviews of female philosophers, a resource that will undoubtedly help us to understand both the past and future of women in philosophy in Mexico and more generally. Thank you, Fanny, for undertaking this very important project, which I hope will inspire similar lines of inquiry.

They are in Spanish, but I’m sure that if there were enough demand, Fanny would be happy to translate them for English readers. So, let’s hear some demand…

Here is the third of Fanny’s interviews.

And the other two:

2 responses to “Donde están las mujeres?

  1. Yes, please translate so I can benefit from these interviews.
    And what about Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz? I know many see her only as a theologian but her work is philosophical-theology! (political too). Genius.

  2. Yes! I second the addition of Sor Juana to the canon, if you are inclined to include pre-20th century women. “La Respuesta” is an excellent example of a woman philosopher utilizing the epistolary form to publish political philosophy when otherwise forbidden, complete with the customary satirical salutations and embellishments!

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