Canonization, Feminism and History of Philosophy

This article argues that the history if feminism is an integral part of the canon of philosophy. There is a dialectic relationship between modern philosophy and modern feminism, i.e. they both influence each other and develop along parallel courses. Inspired by Richard Rorty’s “The historiography of philosophy” the article argues that there is a canon of feminist thinking hidden in the history of philosophy, which needs to be mapped out. The main purpose of the article is neither to criticize, add, challenge or reject canon, but to argue for a plurality of canon(s). To canonize that which has withheld from canonization implies expanding the canon.

Keywords: Canonization, feminism, historiography of philosophy