Durham, NC — In the 1700s, Emilie du Chatelet was a philosophy rock star. A scholar of Newton, religion, science and mathematics, du Chatelet traveled throughout Europe, had works translated widely and in 1738 became the first woman to have a scientific paper published by the Paris Academy.
It should have been the stuff of legend. But as fast as her star rose in life, it fell in death — a fate that befell other female philosophers of that era as well. In subsequent years, their names and accomplishments were essentially whitewashed from the history of a male-dominated academic discipline. The result: Universities in the United States and abroad are still teaching essentially the same white male-centric philosophy curriculums they have for the last several generations.