Feminism & Philosophical Women in Russell’s Circle

March 5, 2021 - March 6, 2021
McMaster University


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University of Liverpool
Birkbeck, University of London
Western Kentucky University
McMaster University
University of Manchester
University of British Columbia
Mount Royal University
Old Dominion University


Western Kentucky University
McMaster University

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For an era finally starting to reflect on the historical marginalization of women in philosophy, Bertrand Russell should be an enigma. On the one hand, Russell constructively engaged with a host of female philosophers like Dorothy Wrinch, Victoria Welby, and Susan Stebbing. He wrote pioneering work on issues of interest to modern feminism, and could be counted on as an ally in many political causes important to women. But on the other hand, Russell’s advocacy of sexual freedom, though often done under the guise of women’s rights, shaded into personal relationships with women that have long been a source of concern. This workshop aims to reexamine Russell’s complicated relationship to women and to the emergence of modern feminism. 

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March 6, 2021, 5:00am EST

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