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Zdeňka Kalnická:
Genderovanost filozofického kánonu a textové „strategie“ marginalizace filozofek [809]

Kalnická, Zdeňka. 2009. „Genderovanost filozofického kánonu a textové „strategie“ marginalizace filozofek.“ Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 45 (4): 809-834

Abstract: This article examines the issue of the genderedness of the philosophical canon. In the theoretical part of the article the author gives evidence of the constructed nature of the philosophical canon, which in the Euro-American space is clearly androcentric. She summarises criticism to date of the philosophical canon by feminist historians of philosophy and describes the results of their research, which is directed at several areas: uncovering forgotten women philosophers of the past; analysing philosophers’ views on gender; identifying the genderedness of basic philosophical categories; criticising the dualism that characterises modern philosophical discourse; and finally, making various reinterpretations of the concepts of past philosophers. Each of these approaches has particular potential and limitations, which the author seeks to identify. In the second part of the article the author presents the results of her analysis of philosophy textbooks and books on the history of philosophy published in the Czech Republic after 1990. She conducted her analysis by comparing information on women philosophers contained in the texts of the selected books with the information available in other literature (mainly English). She also employed the typological method, and she identified five ‘strategies’ of marginalisation of women philosophers, whereby textbooks used at Czech universities contribute to maintaining the existing philosophical canon.

Keywords: philosophical canon, feminist critique, women philosophers, philosophy – teaching of, feminist history of philosophy, Czech Republic.

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