Fellows' Presentation

Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Development of Early Modern Philosophy

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Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Christia Mercer RI '19

Free and open to the public.


While at Radcliffe, Christia Mercer is writing a book about the important contributions late medieval women made to the development of modern philosophy. She argues that we need to rethink core assumptions about the development of modern philosophy and that the writings of women played a much more significant role in its development than has been recognized. Relying on scholarship by literary and intellectual historians and her own research on early modern spiritual meditations, methodology, and the philosophies of both Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582) and Anne Conway (1631–1679), Mercer contends that the history of philosophy needs to be rewritten.