Philosophy for Girls: An Invitation to the Life of Thought is an uncommon philosophy e book. It straddles educational and common audiences, is meant for use in college and highschool school rooms, and understands its readership to be anybody, actually, however particularly those that establish as women and girls who’re 16- to 24-years-old. The e book lies in between public and educational discourses, between adolescence and “adulthood,” and between relative unawareness and the acutely aware taking on of 1’s concepts, typically for the primary time. It is a e book on the brink.
As the editors of this e book, we predict that this “in-betweenness” mimics the motion of our lives and of many individuals’s lives, and even of philosophy itself. Students in our courses navigate advanced webs of pressures and calls for; philosophy school are requested to do ever extra with fewer assets; we transfer between and amongst our personal private, religious, political, and familial commitments. Time, power, and a focus are scarce. Given the language of commodification encoded in our world, it’s no marvel that we “spend” time and “pay” consideration as instrumental “investments” for future returns.
As a e book and as a residing course of, Philosophy for Girls pushes again on this narrative of instrumental worth, insisting on seeing the worth of its readers and contributors each within the right here and now and into the longer term. This e book exists as a nexus level between this second, the place the voices of women and girls could also be heard however not valued, and a thick sense of time exterior this second, the place the being of women and girls have all the time had worth although many, together with philosophers, haven’t seen it.
1. What is ‘Philosophy for Girls’?
Image of pomegranate with “Persephone is her name” printed in script under it.
The e book’s cowl bears a pomegranate and was painted by certainly one of our college students based mostly on a shoddy portray that Melissa did a very long time in the past.