A Mind of One’s Own

Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity


Louise Antony; Charlotte Witt

Second Edition • January 1, 2002 • 464 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813366074 • $55.00 USD$52.50 CAN

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A book of tremendous influence when it first appeared, A Mind of One’s Own reminded readers that the tradition of Western philosophy— in particular, the ideals of reason and objectivity— has come down to us from white males, nearly all of whom are demonstrably sexist, even misogynist. In this second edition, the original authors continue to ask, What are the implications of this fact for contemporary feminists working within this tradition? The second edition pursues this question about the value of reason and objectivity in new directions using the fresh perspectives and diverse viewpoints of the new generation of feminist philosophers. A Mind of One’s Own is essential reading and an essential reference for philosophers and for all scholars and students concerned about the nature of knowledge and our pursuit of it.


Louise Antony is professor of philosophy at Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests are in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, the foundations of cognitive science, and feminist theory.

Charlotte Witt is professor and chair of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. Her teaching and research interests are in ancient philosophy and feminist theory. She is the author of Substance and Essence in Aristotle.

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Praise for the previous edition:
For seasoned feminist philosophers, these engaging and stimulating essays reflect creatively upon two decades of feminist metaphilosophy. For philosophers new to feminist criticism, they offer an excellent survey of important issues currently under debate, connecting them with ancient and modern philosophy as well as with other more recent critics.
— Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin

Tesif[ies] to the richness and diversity of philosophical feminism and of female philosophizing.
— Martha Nussbaum New York Review of Books

An outstanding book that demonstrates the vitality of contemporary philosophy and underscores the intellectual power and diversity of feminist contributions to it. It is also a politically important book; it demolishes the fatuous but now fashionable idea that feminists aim to denounce Western culture, condemn the Dead White males who created it, and censor anyone who disagrees.
— Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The contributors take a second look at reason, objectivity, and the canon philosophy. Their conclusions are as provocative-and diverse-as those of the first wave of feminist philosophers to which they are responding… This collection is a ‘must’ for every thinker-feminist or not-concerned to reevaluate the legacy of the West at this moment in world history.
— Sandra Harding, UCLA

This book is important for collections supporting programs in the history of philosophy and/or in feminist theory… the book will be challenging, and enlightening, for readers from advanced undergraduate level on up.
— Choice

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