Sandrine Bergès


Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Leeds

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 college, 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 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) and The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge). In 2019 she published a translation and commentary on 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 an active 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.

See Story Behind the Picture: Sartre, Beauvoir & Steinberg, by Sandrine Berges

Also see Vive Madame Roland! in Aeon.


Sample publications

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 Berges, 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.