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Philosophy Colloquia Series - Christia Mercer

When: Friday, January 24, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, 1-515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Emily Berry   847.491.3656

Group: Philosophy Colloquia Series

Category: Academic


“Feeling The Way to Truth: How Medieval Women Changed the Course of Philosophy (and then were forgotten)"


Despite what you have heard over the years, the epistemological strategy of Descartes’ Meditations is not original to its author. The Meditations’ movement from radical doubt to self-knowledge and truth is a common feature of late medieval meditative practices, especially those written by women. Equally surprising is the fact that the most philosophically subtle arguments in the Meditations are inspired by Teresa of Ávila (1515-82), whose works have been entirely ignored by historians of philosophy. This paper puts Descartes’ Meditations in its rightful context, displays the philosophical benefits of doing so, and exposes the importance of working on women in the history of philosophy.

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