Gender and the digital

BRIEF COMMUNICATION presented at the international workshop Women in the History of Science, Philosophy and Literature that took place in Syros, Greece, 12-14 July 2018.

The underlying question of this workshop is what do we learn if we adopt a gender-sensitive perspective, that we do not learn from the mainstream narratives in history of science, philosophy and literature? Stories of women who thrived in philosophy can surely be found in the mainstream history of philosophy – often combined with the politically-correct lament for the inferior status they enjoyed; but it is indeed difficult to find a history of philosophy that takes seriously into account the gendered ways of philosophizing. After all, philosophy is philosophy and science is science. Truth about the world and about being in the world does not depend on gender, class, race etc. It is a hard-core result that can be reached through various ways, but is always the same.

Of course, all of us who participate in this meeting know very well that this is an obsolete approach and that historiography has moved far beyond this point. However, we should not fool ourselves: Stories in the press, stories taught at schools, reproduced in the public sphere and even the commonsensical perception of history of science and philosophy have it this way. They defend women’s position and even assert their right to enjoy equal treatment by historians, but they are unable to escape the limits of the established perspective. If we take some distance from our disciplinary borders, we’ll soon come to realize that we are just an islet in an ocean of trivial feminism.

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