Hypatia-The forgotten philosopher

Hypatia of Alexandria was the greatest female philosopher of her time and one of the greatest of all time. Little is known about her and she is often overlooked in comparison to her male contemporaries. In a field dominated by men, women are often looked at as inferior. Hypatia however, was so prolific that she was put in charge of the Platonist School in Alexandria around 400 AD. She was a master of mathematics and astronomy and was loyal to the Platonic teachings. She lived a life of virtue and celibacy and was well admired by her peers. Unfortunately, she was murdered by religious zealots who accused her of being evil for having incorporated some pagan religious philosophies into her teaching. Her mystique is mostly lost to antiquity, but she was a maverick in a field dominated by patriarchy. Please check out the linked article below for more information on this beautiful soul and human being.

 

Hypatia of Alexandria

 

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One thought on “Hypatia-The forgotten philosopher

  1. It is sad that at the end of the article the only two comments have nothing to say apart from disputing the fact that the Hypatia was murdered by Christians. One wonders if that is meant as a statement against all crimes committed by religious zealots, or just this particular case.

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