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Aspasia: The Little-Known Female Philosopher

Aspasia: The Little-Known Female Philosopher

She is one of the most influential philosophers in Athens, and was forced to leave her home in Miletus, now in modern-day Turkey, and found refuge in Athens.

Opened a salon where thinkers of the day gathered to discuss philosophy and current events and taught rhetoric to young girls in Athens.


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Aspasia’s Thinking Strategies

Aspasia’s Thinking Strategies

  • Turning challenges into opportunities: She seized the freedom to design her life outside of traditional expectations, hosting her private salons and building her very own school for young girls.
  • Delighting in debate: She embraced debate as a powerful learning tool.
  • Establishing a knowledge-sharing hub: Her logic, debating skills, conversation, and eloquent speech attracted not only fellow philosophers but also artists and scientists, and her followers and supporters held significant positions of power in Athens.


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How To Think Like Aspasia

  • Embrace challenges and defy societal expectations
  • Develop your power of persuasion
  • Create or join a learning community
  • Use your outsider status to defy expectations about what women can accomplish
  • Be open-minded to new ideas and fresh perspectives


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