Marcy P. Lascano


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.

Book project

I am currently reconceiving my book project on Early Modern Womens' metaphysical views in relation to their views in natural philosophy, theology, and social and political views.

More information will follow.

A project-based class in philosophy? Yes! This course is a class in philosophy and digital humanities. We will have three goals: (1) to mount an open access, searchable, user friendly text of Margaret Cavendish's Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663). In doing so, we will discuss (2) the philosophical issues concerning the availability of 17th century women's philosophical works and its connection to the marginalization of women's works in the philosophical canon. We will also discuss issues in digital humanities as they relate to our choices in mounting this text for public and scholarly consumption. Finally, (3) we will study Cavendish's work and evaluate it in context of the development of her vitalistic materialistic monism.

Students will learn the skills necessary to mount the text in the Ed. Jekyll platform. All students will also work on a final digital humanities project involving either the philosophical issues involved in open access text/recovery of women's writing and/or on the philosophical content of the Cavendish text.

Fall 2019 - Digital Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish's Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663 edition)

Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) wrote numerous works of philosophy, plays, and poetry, as well as a science fiction work, an autobiography and a biography of her husband. While many of her works are available online, her 1663 edition of Philosophical and Physical Opinions has not yet had an open access and easily searchable edition until now.

This open access, searchable version of Margaret Cavendish’s 1663 edition of Philosophical and Physical Opinions is the first version of this text to be hand transcribed and available to the public. The text was transcribed by 70+ participants in a transcribe-a-thon in the Fall of 2019. The final product was proofread and edited by Marcy Lascano and is available here: