Finding their Voices: Women in Byzantine and Latin Christian Philosophy
Lecture by Peter Adamson
Given at the University of Notre Dame on September 26, 2019
Excerpt: But the two voices of humility and transcendence, respectively lower and higher than the discourse routinely employed by male authors, were characteristic of female medieval authors. One might even venture to say that these were the only two strategies open to such authors, excluded as they were from contributing to the literature being produced by school men, churchmen, and, well, men in general. It’s a plausible hypothesis that female intellectuals in antiquity might have turned to the same strategies, but that’s hard to prove, simply because of the lack of ancient texts written by women.
Peter Adamson is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Click here to view his faculty webpage. He also hosts the History of Philosophy podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter @HistPhilosophy
Top Image: Hildegard of Bingen in a 12th century manuscript – Wikimedia Commons