Feminist Interpretations of the Philosophical Canon

  title={Feminist Interpretations of the Philosophical Canon},
  author={Charlotte Witt},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={537 - 552}
  • C. Witt
  • Published 1 January 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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