Keynote Speakers

Karen Detlefsen, University of Pennsylvania

Karen Detlefsen is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 she published Descartes' Meditations: A Critical Guide (Cambridge). Another book undertaken with Jaqueline Broad Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays is forthcoming from Oxford. She is currently working on three projects. The first is on Cavendish's theory of freedom, including metaphysical, ethical and social-political (especially as implied in her fiction). The second, with Andrew Janiak, is on Du Châtelet's natural philosophy and her historical role in the emergence of modern science. The third uses the works of early modern women philosophers to examine questions in the historiography of philosophy.

Marcy P. Lascano, California State University, Long Beach

Marcy P. Lascano is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University Long Beach. She co-edited with Eileen O’Neill, Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought (Springer, 2017). During 2015-2016, while enjoying an NEH Fellowship, she completed The World and Our Place in It: Early Modern Women Philosophers. The book focuses on the Metaphysical and Epistemological views of Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Gabrielle Suchon, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell, Marie Huber, and Emilie Du Châtelet. She has published papers and chapters on, amongst others, Conway, Locke, Leibniz, and the Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia.