Blog tour: The Philosopher Queens

Welcome to the blog tour for The Philosopher Queens, edited by Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting!

Synopsis: The history of philosophy has not done women justice: you ve probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?

The Philosopher Queens is a long-awaited book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy. This collection brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound but for the most part uncredited impact on the world.

You ll learn about Ban Zhao, the first woman historian in ancient Chinese history; Angela Davis, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the American Black Power Movement; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, known for examining the intersection of Islamic law and gender equality; and many more.

For anyone who has wondered where the women philosophers are, or anyone curious about the history of ideas it's time to meet the philosopher queens.

How did this book end up in my hands? I was gifted a review copy so that I could participate in this blog tour and provide you with my honest opinion.

Was it a page-turner? If you love learning, this is the book for you. If you are a feminist – or generally someone who is wondering where all the women who populated history have been hidden so far – you will devour this book. I had vowed to ready a profile a day but I must admit that I might have been greedy!

Did the book meet my expectations? My expectations were definitely exceeded. I don’t know why I thought it might be somewhat simplistic. Perhaps I was comparing it in my mind to a similar book I read… which was for children. Yeah, this is definitely not for children, although I can’t wait to share it with my daughter when she’s older.

Three words to describe it. Very. Much. Needed! Ok, seriously: Indispensable. Informative. Pioneering.

Do I like the cover? I couldn’t like the cover any more if I tried. And the illustrations inside the book – the bigger versions of the thumbnails on the cover – are absolutely gorgeous. I feel like they should become a set of cards if nobody has thought of it yet.


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