Sunday, July 30, 2023

Top ten books by neglected female thinkers

Regan Penaluna is a writer with a master’s degree in journalism and a PhD in philosophy. Previously, she was an editor at Nautilus Magazine and Guernica, where she wrote and edited long-form stories and interviews. A feature she wrote was listed in the Atlantic as one of “100 Exceptional Works of Journalism.”

She lives in Brooklyn.

Penaluna's new book is How to Think Like a Woman: Four Women Philosophers Who Taught Me How to Love the Life of the Mind.

At the Guardian she tagged ten "books by women, some of them long overlooked, but all deserving to be better known." One title on the list:
Love’s Work by Gillian Rose

Sometimes philosophy can be frustratingly dull. But in this 1995 memoir, Rose demonstrates how it can be so much more than “cleverness, a game” of the academy. In the wake of a terminal cancer diagnosis, she mercilessly examines her own suffering, while working out what is love, what is philosophy, and what is a life lived well. She reconsiders some of her earlier commitments to feminism and its ability to speak to her in this profound existential moment, and whether you’re persuaded by her or not, it’s a powerful, beautiful read.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue