A portrait photo of Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb. Copyright: Amy Tetta

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The Women Are Up To Something

Hosted by the LSE Library

Online public event, United Kingdom

Speaker

Professor Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at Houghton College

Chair

Dr Christina Easton

Fellow in Philosophy, LSE

Moderator

Dr Debbie Challis

Education and Outreach Officer, LSE Library

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb introduces us to four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century.

The Women Are Up to Something is the story of four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century: Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch. Benjamin Lipscomb's new book shows us how these women worked to make a place for themselves in a male-dominated world. This book presents the first sustained engagement with these women's contributions: with the critique and the alternative they framed.

Drawing on a cluster of recently opened archives and extensive correspondence and interviews with those who knew them best, Benjamin Lipscomb traces the lives and ideas of four friends who gave us a better way to think about ethics, and ourselves. Here the author introduces his book and outlines why it is important for to understanding the role of these women in late twentieth century intellectual life.

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at Houghton College. He lives with his family in Fillmore, New York, when his teaching doesn't call him to London for a season. Image (c) Amy Tetta.

Dr Christina Easton is a Fellow in Philosophy at LSE. Check out their website and follow them on Twitter @ChrEaston  

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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