Marcy P. Lascano


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My current textbook project

Early Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources

I am co-editing this textbook with Lisa Shapiro for Broadview Press. The aim of the textbook is to provide not just the "canonical figures" in philosophy, but to also include influential, but lesser-studied figures. In addition to a broader scope of philosophers, we will provide primary texts that cover issues like education, social and political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion, as well as traditional issues in metaphysics and epistemology.

New Narratives in Philosophy:

Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women

Hosted at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University Durham, NC, USA

April 13 – 16, 2016

Co-Directed by Andrew Janiak and Marcy Lascano

The New Narratives in Philosophy conference will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The four day conference will focus on the early modern philosophers Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Emilie Du Châtelet and will explore the various aspects of each figure's primary philosophical works, investigate the relationships between her works and those of her contemporaries, and examine her works in relation to the political, social, ethical, theological, and scientific works of the period. In addition, the final, fourth day of the conference will be devoted to methodological questions that are important for transforming the teaching and study of early modern philosophy. All conference proceedings and materials – video clips, sample syllabi, papers, bibliographies and translated texts – will be disseminated on the Project Vox website, so that philosophers will have everything required to alter the teaching and research of early modern philosophy. The conference is largely funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding and support provided by Duke University.

My current book project

Early Modern Women Philosophers

I discuss the metaphysical views of Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, and Emilie du Châtelet. Each chapter covers a particular philosopher's views on the origin and structure of the world and the nature of human beings. I was awarded an NEH Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year to work on the book. If you are interested in reading a draft chapter, please contact me via email.