How to Think Like a Woman: Four Women Philosophers Who Taught Me How to Love the Life of the Mind


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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Regan Penaluna is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn. Previously, she was an editor at Nautilus Magazine and Guernica, where she wrote and edited long-form stories and interviews. A feature she wrote was listed in the Atlantic as one of "100 Exceptional Works of Journalism."


"An alternate philosophical canon, where women and their intellect are deeply and rigorously examined." -- The Millions, Most Anticipated Books of 2023"How to Think Like a Woman is a much-needed revelation." -- Literary Hub, Most Anticipated Books of 2023"Incisive...Penaluna skillfully captures the thinking of these four women in impassioned prose as she challenges sexism in the canon...Lucid and frank, this blend of memoir, biography, and criticism makes a solid case for why representation matters." -- Publishers Weekly"[Penaluna's] story of rebuilding and reimagining personally and professionally demonstrates defiant independence from patriarchal prescriptions and their shame and an embrace of feminist anger, ambiguity, and diversity of thought....[A] redemptive reclamation of the female voice in the study of philosophy." -- Kirkus "A feminist rallying cry informed by centuries of thought on the 'woman question, ' this elegantly written and intellectually rigorous memoir is a gift to women in male-dominated fields--and to everyone living a life of the mind while also trying to be a decent human being." -- Ada Calhoun, Author of Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis "How to Think Like a Woman is a fascinating and illuminating work of non-fiction by a writer of real style and critical intelligence. Regan Penaluna has created an elegant synthesis of intellectual history, memoir and feminist polemic that deserves to be widely read as a corrective to centuries of misogyny and erasure in philosophy."--Mark O'Connell, author of Notes from an Apocalypse

"In a world in which philosophy is not only sexist in underestimating women's actual and potential contributions, but actively misogynistic in pushing women out of the field, we need this book. Regan Penaluna's How To Think Like a Woman is at once a deeply personal and philosophically riveting meditation on four brilliant and inspiring female philosophers--Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Catharine Cockburn--that I learned so much from. A must-read for anyone who cares about what happens to women, young and old, in this needlessly and harmfully male-dominated profession."--Kate Manne, author of Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

"Regan Penaluna's courageous book is a walk along the bluffs, amid the drowned gardens, telling of the sun and flood of her life. Along those bluffs four women from the past keep her company, awaiting the words she will speak of them and herself."--Alexander Nemerov, author of Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York"A sharp-eyed reappraisal of four brilliant women in history -- and a provocative challenge to the philosophy bros." -- Helen Lewis, author of Difficult Women