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Dykeman on American Women Philosophers 1650-1930

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"The heritage of philosophy has deprived women one generation after another. The serious consequences are that not having known or read or digested women's words along with those of Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and John Dewey, no assimilation into the vocabulary of allusion has been allowed to take place, and unnecessary ignorance has been perpetuated. The loss in the silence of these mentors--who spoke so eloquently--is a loss forever to those generations already gone. The loss in the study of philosophy to the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham without Frances Wright, to American ethical theory without Anne Bradstreet, to American political theory without Judith Sargent Murray and Mercy Otis Warren, to aesthetics without Ednah Dow Cheney, to the 'classical American' philosophy of William James and Josiah Royce without Mary Whiton Calkins--is unredeemable for the past. But now, with this anthology and with works like it, the legacy of deprivation will come to an end."

--Therese Boos Dykeman, American Women Philosophers 1650-1930: Six Exemplary Thinkers (1993) 

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