"Filosofia i Gènere" és un seminari d'estudis sobre la producció filosòfica femenina, creat el novembre de 1990 a la Universitat de Barcelona, per iniciativa de professores i investigadores dels departaments d'Història de la Filosofia, Estètica i Filosofia de la Cultura (Facultat de Filosofia) i Filologia Grega (Facultat de Filologia).

Des dels seus inicis, el seminari ha treballat per tal de:

  • Recuperar i estudiar els textos on és palesa la producció filosòfica de les dones des de l'Antiguitat fins els nostres dies.
  • Examinar críticament els pressupòsits de l'hermenèutica filosòfica.
  • Intervenir en el debat contemporani sobre la teoria feminista i el paper de la diferència dels sexes en el discurs filosòfic.

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"Filosofia i Gènere" (Philosophy and Gender) is a seminar focused on women's philosophical production. It was created in November 1990, at the University of Barcelona, by professors and researchers of the Departments of History of Philosophy, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Culture (Faculty of Philosophy) and Greek Philology (Faculty of Philology).

Since its foundation, the Seminar has been working in order to:

  • Recover and study women's philosophical production from Antiquity to our days. 
  • Reconsider critically the assumptions of the philosophical hermeneutics
  • Contribute to the contemporary philosophical debate and to feminist theory.

Main research lines:

  • Women philosophers and Tradition.
  • Contemporary women philosophers and women thinkers.
  • Women philosophers and women thinkers from Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • Feminist theory: equality, gender, difference and alterity.
  • Gender, subjectivity and memory.
  • Religion, theology, mystics and women feminine spirituality.

Latests projects (2006-2012):

Women Philosophers of the 20th Century: Contributions to Philosophical and Political Thinking

This project aims not only to continue but also to broaden and deepen the study of the issues explored in a previous project entitled "Women thinkers of the 20th Century", presented by the same research group in 2006.

The specific goals for this period, in line with the work so far undertaken by the group, are:

  • To deepen our theoretical understanding of the work of women thinkers such us Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil and Maria Zambrano, all of whom have been extensively studied by the group over preceding years.
  • To continue to widen our knowledge of the work of other prominent women thinkers whose works do not yet enjoy the same level of attention, and who have also been the subject of study by our group.
  • To extend our research to the work of two authors of a later generation to the above-mentioned thinkers: Agnes Heller and Martha Nussbaum.

The aim of this project is both to elucidate and to analyze the connections amongst these thinkers, in order to contribute to the reflection on and/or inquiry into a hypothetical twentieth-century tradition of women's philosophical thought.

At the same time we aim to highlight the complex relations between these thinkers' works and the Western philosophical canon and, more specifically, to contrast their theoretical frames of reference, in order both to delineate accurately and to evaluate their contributions to 20th-century philosophy.

Comparison between these authors will articulate some key theoretical questions, such as their common concern with the limits of the political, their analysis of the relationships between experience, history, and justice, and their re-reading of the classical tradition of Western philosophy.

Women philosophers of the 20th century: Teachers, Links, Differences

The undertaking of this project is to study in detail the discipleship relationship between some of the best-known women philosophers of the twentieth century and their teachers: María Zambrano-José Ortega y Gasset, Simone Weil-Alain, Hannah Arendt-Martin Heidegger, Rachel Bespaloff-Martin Heidegger; Jeanne Hersch-Karl Jaspers, Martha Nussbaum-John Rawls.

Starting from the premise that this relationship offers us a privileged perspective from which to analyze the original and specific contributions of women to the history of philosophy, the aim of the project is not only to continue but also to go into greater depth in our research group's task of recovering female philosophical thinking. This will be achieved by:

  • Carrying out historical-philosophical studies of the master-disciple relationship in the aforementioned women philosophers.
  • Making critical and comparative studies of their work in comparison with that of their teachers, in order to identify and rigorously delineate these female thinkers' original contributions to twentieth-century philosophy.
  • Drawing up a female canon of the philosophical tradition through the cartography of key authors for twentieth century women philosophers.
  • Making detailed comparisons between the master-disciple relationships experienced by the aforementioned women philosophers.
  • Offering a methodological approach that allows us to experience or to continue experiencing alternative approaches to the history of philosophy from a gendered perspective, in order to emphasize women's original contributions to philosophy.

Above all, the aim is that a greater understanding of the complexity of twentieth century philosophy should emerge from the research conducted.

We believe that this project, in addressing a topic which up to now has barely been investigated, will provide a new and important contribution to the history of philosophy.