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Friday, 3 May 2019

Female Philosophers in Antiquity

Date and time

Friday, 3 May 2019, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Hannoversche Straße 6 (Topoi building Mitte)
Room 3.03
10115 Berlin

Target group

All who are interested in the topic are welcome (registration required)




Ronja Hildebrandt (
This is a pre-read workshop; all texts will be sent to participants in advance.


Women in Ancient Philosophy

Further information and programme

Workshop website

Most works in ancient philosophy are lost, but in the case of female philosophers the situation is even more tragic: not one treatise by a female philosopher remains and so many of us have never heard about Aristoclea, Hiparchia or Theano. In this workshop, two experts in the field – Caterina Pellò and Jana Schultz – will give an introduction into what is still known about these philosophers and discuss some of their philosophical claims with participants.

The workshop is organised by Women in Ancient Philosophy and sponsored by the Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is a pre-read workshop, and all texts will be sent to participants in advance.


Caterina Pellò (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Introduction to the Life and Works of the Pythagorean Women

— Coffee break —

Discussion of Texts by Pythagorean Women

— Lunch break —

Jana Schultz (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Introduction to the Life and Work of Neoplatonic Women

— Coffee break —

Discussion of Texts about Neoplatonic Women

Engraving of Hiparchia. From the 1580 book “Illustrium philosophorum et sapientum effigies ab eorum numistatibus extractae” by Girolamo Olgiati.

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