Minorities and Philosophy


22 June 2022
13:00 - 14:30
Ravensteynzaal (Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht University)

#2 The Philosopher Queen Mary Astell (presented by Simone Webb)

In the Philosopher Queens Seminar Series we learn about and discuss the work of philosophers from the book “Philosopher Queens” (ed. by Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting, Unbound, 2020). The aim of this series is to introduce the audience, especially undergrad students, to the work of female philosophers and to bring attention to the issue of epistemic and structural injustice within the academic philosophy and philosophical ‘canon’. By asking contributors of the “Philosopher Queens” to participate in this event, we also wish to promote contemporary underrepresented philosophers.

Philosopher Queens Seminar Series #2

Mary Astell

Presented by Simone Webb


In this second edition of the Philosopher Queens Seminar Series we will learn about Mary Astell, an English feminist philosopher (1666–1731), author of “A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, for the Advancement of Their True and Greatest Interest” (1694; part 2 in 1697).

The seminar starts with a presentation by Simone Webb who will introduce us to the life and work of Mary Astell, followed by an open discussion based on the talk and a (optional) pre-circulated text.

Would you like to participate in this event?

Please register here.

This event will take place in a hybrid format. There are around 20 spots available to those who want to attend in person.


This seminar is open to everyone, undergrad philosophy students are especially encouraged to attend.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Barbara (b.k.bziuk@uu.nl).