Sandrine Bergès



Ph.D., University of Leeds

(On leave from Fall 2024)

Areas of Interest: History of Social and Political philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

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Sandrine Bergès studied philosophy at King’s College London and Birkbeck, before moving to the University of Leeds where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2000. Before coming to Bilkent she taught part time in London, Leeds and St Andrews. Sandrine Bergès works on the history of moral and political philosophy, ancient (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics), Medieval (Heloise, Christine de Pizan), early modern (Cavendish) and Eighteenth Century (Wollstonecraft, Sophie de Grouchy, Marie-Jeanne Roland, Olympe de Gouges). She also works on contemporary social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on the capability approach and feminism. Her book publications are Liberty in Their Names: The Women Philosophers of the French Revolution (Bloomsbury), Olympe de Gouges (Cambridge University Press), Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women (Routledge), A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan), Plato on Virtue and the Laws (Continuum), as well as the co-edited volumes The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (Oxford University Press, with Alan Coffee), Women Philosophers on Autonomy (Routledge, with Alberto Siani), and The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge, with Alan Coffee and Eileen Hunt). In 2019 she she translated and co-edited (with Eric Schliesser) Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy (Oxford University Press). In addition, she has a number of articles in journals such as The Monist, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Utilitas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Hypatia, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 

She is a member of Project Vox  and the New Narratives Project international groups striving to reintroduce important texts by women philosophers into teaching and research. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Turkish-European Network for the Study of Women Philosophers and of SWIP-TR.

In September 2022 she received an Emma Goldman Snowball award from the the Flax Foundation. The award recognizes talented and innovative scholars working on feminist and inequality issues.

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From Fall 2024 she will be on leave as British Academy Global Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of York.


Sample publications

Bergès, S. (2023). Reviewing Women’s Philosophical Works During the French Revolution: The Case of P.-L. Roederer. History of European Ideas. 49(8), 1332–1344.

Bergès, S. (2023). Domesticity and Political Participation: At Home with the Jacobin Women. Political Research Quarterly. 76(1), 213–223.

Bergès, S. (2022). Liberty in Their Names: The Women Philosophers of the French Revolution. (London: Bloomsbury).

Bergès, S. (2022). Olympe de Gouges. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Bergès, S. (2022). Gender, Liberty, Participation, and Virtue: What the Eighteenth Century Can Teach Us about Republicanism in H. Dawson & A. De Dijn (eds.), Rethinking Liberty before Liberalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). 

Bergès, S. & Coffee, A. (2022). Cocks on Dunghills – Wollstonecraft and Gouges on the Women’s Revolution. SATS, 23(2), 135-152. 

Bergès, S. (2020). Mary Wollstonecraft in The Philosopher Queens, R. Buxton and L. Whiting (eds), (Unbound Publishers). 

Bergès, S. & Schliesser, E. (Eds.) (2019). Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy: A Critical Engagement with Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Translated by Sandrine Bergès, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [review]

Berges, S. (2019). Revolution and Republicanism: Women Political Philosophers of Late Eighteenth-Century France and Why They Matter, Australian Philosophical Review. 3(4): 351-370. [lead article]

Bergès, S., Botting, E.H. & Coffee, A. M. S. J. (Eds.). (2019). The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge.

Bergès, S. (2018). Happiness, Primitive Societies and the Theatre: Olympe de Gouges vs Rousseau. Journal of the American Philosophical Association. 4(4), 433-451.

Bergès, S. & Siani, A.L. (Eds.) (2018). Women Philosophers on Autonomy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge

Bergès, S. (2018). Lucretia and the Impossibility of Female Republicanism in Margaret Cavendish’s Sociable Letters. Hypatia, 33(3), 663- 680.

Bergès, S. (2018). What’s it got to do with the price of bread? Condorcet and Grouchy on Freedom and Unreasonable Laws in CommerceEuropean Journal of Political Theory, 17(4), 432-448.

Bergès, S. (2018). Sophie De Grouchy and the Publication of Condorcet’s Sketch of Human Progress: A Tale of Exclusion. Journal of the History of Ideas, 29(1), 267-283.

Berges, S., & Coffee, A. M. S. J. (Eds.). (2016). The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Bergès, S. (2016). A Republican Housewife: Marie-Jeanne Phlipon Roland on Women’s Political Role. Hypatia, 31(1), 107–122.

Berges, S. (2015). A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Berges, S. (2015). Sophie de Grouchy on the Cost of Domination in the Letters on Sympathy and Two Anonymous Articles in Le Republicain. The Monist, 98, 102–112.

Berges, S. (2015). Is Motherhood Compatible with Political Participation? Sophie de Grouchy’s Care-Based Republicanism. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 18(1), 47–60.

Berges, S. (2013). The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. London: Routledge.

Berges, S. (2013). Rethinking Twelfth-Century Virtue Ethics: the Contribution of Heloise. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21(4), 667–687.

Berges, S. (2012). Virtue as Mental Health: A Platonic Defence of the Medical Model in Ethics. Journal of Ancient Philosophy, 6(1).

Berges, S. (2012). Plato on Virtue and the Law. London: Continuum.

Berges, S. (2011). Why Women Hug their Chains: Wollstonecraft and Adaptive Preferences. Utilitas, 23(1), 72–87.