Women and Liberty

Jacqueline Broad

project-broadJacqueline Broad (Philosophy) is currently heading an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP140100109) on women’s moral, metaphysical, and political ideas about freedom in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her research team includes Karen Green (Melbourne), international partner investigator Karen Detlefsen (Penn), a research assistant, and an international doctoral student. Detlefsen and Broad are currently preparing an edited volume, Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays, under contract with Oxford University Press. These essays highlight the sophisticated nature of women’s contributions to well-known philosophical issues, such as questions to do with freedom and determinism, the connection between metaphysical freedom and agency freedom, as well as issues to do with familiar ethico-political conceptions of liberty, such as freedom from interference, freedom as self-determination, and freedom from domination. This volume grew out of an invited symposium at the Monash Prato Centre in 2014, including scholars from Italy, Australia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Wales, Canada, and the United States. Also as part of this project, Karen Green and Jacqueline Broad are currently organising the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, to be held at Monash Caulfield, 7-10 July, with more than 100 speakers. This conference proposes to celebrate women’s diverse historical and contemporary contributions to philosophy more generally. In support of this event, the Ian Potter Foundation recently awarded Jacqueline Broad a generous grant to fund two international keynotes.