Former Mount professor discusses women of philosophy

March 14, 2013


Kate Lindemann

Kate Lindemann, professor emerita of philosophy at the Mount, recently presented a lecture about female philosophers at the college.

Mount Saint Mary College professor emerita of philosophy, Kate Lindemann, recently visited the college to discuss female philosophers dating back hundreds of years before their earliest known male counterparts.

In “Taking Women Seriously: Or, How We Know the Greeks Did Not Originate Western Philosophy,” held in honor of Women’s History Month, Lindemann noted that Western philosophy has long been thought to originate with the Greeks and Romans.

However, recent research proves that Greek philosophy has Arabic roots.

According to Lindemann, there were female philosophers in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Italy long before the likes of Plato or Socrates.

Lindeman said that philosopher En Hedu’ann, an Akkadian princess in the Sumerian city-state of Ur, predates Thales, who is credited as being the first Greek philosopher, by more than 1,500 years.

“For her, it is the sun that is the source of all things,” said Lindemann, of En Hedu’ann’s philosophy.

Lindemann is a leading scholar in the field of women philosophers. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholics Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy.

In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization sponsored her participation in the Third Assembly of the International Network of Women Philosophers in Paris.

Lindemann earned her BA in English from Seton Hall University, her MA in philosophy from Fordham University and her PhD at Michigan State University, as the first woman accepted into that school’s philosophy doctoral program.

As a senior scholar at the Mount’s Center on Aging and Policy, Lindemann brings the topic of elderhood into philosophical dialogue.

Courses in philosophy at the Mount cover insights of major Western and Eastern philosophers, helping students master basic skills of philosophical thought and an “examined life.”

The college also offers comprehensive study in health professions, business, education, social services, communication/media, and more, plus master’s degrees in business, education and nursing.

The talk was sponsored by Curtin Memorial Library and the division of philosophy and religious studies. A video of the presentation is below.