Reuter Martina, Senior Lecturer

Reuter Martina, Senior Lecturer
Sukupuolentutkimus / Gender studies
Opinkivi 343.2.



I studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki (PhD 2000) and was appointed docent of philosophy at the same university in 2009. Since 2013 I am Senior lecturer in gender studies at the University of Jyväskylä.                     


My research focuses on the history of women philosophers and feminist thought, particularly during the 17th and 18th Centuries. The rediscovery of forgotten thinkers reconstructs the canon of philosophy and contributes to a deeper understanding of how the meaning of concepts essential to contemporary feminist theory - such as equality, difference, sex and gender - have developed.

I am currently editing a volume of Finnish translations of early feminist treatises, including Renaissance, Early Modern and Enlightenment works by Lucrezia Marinella, Marie le Jars de Gournay, François Poulain de la Barre, Catherine Macaulay, and others. The team working on the volume includes translators Tuomas Parsio, doc. Erika Ruonakoski and Laura Lahdensuu as well as advisory members prof. Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University) and prof. Mikko Yrjönsuuri. The project is funded by the Kone Foundation.

In 2018-2019 I am co-editor-in-chief for the national Finnish journal for gender studies Sukupuolentutkimus-Genusforskning.

In 2016-2017 I was academic board member of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Gender and Philosophy.

CV and publications (pdf)

Recent publications

  • Martina Reuter, 2018, "Mary Wollstonecraft's Contribution to the 'Invention of Autonomy'", in Women Philosophers on Autonomy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, eds. S. Bergès & A. Siani. London & New York: Routledge, 112-130.
  • Martina Reuter, 2018, “Mary Wollstonecraft och autonomins uppkomst: En studie i filosofihistoriens marginaliseringsmekanismer”, Norsk filosofisk tidsskrift 53: 2-3, 105-118.
  • Martina Reuter, 2017, "Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft on the Imagination", British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25: 6, 1116-1137.
  • Martina Reuter, 2017, “François Poulain de la Barre on the Subjugation of Women”, in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays, eds. J. Broad & K. Detlefsen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 33-49.
  • Martina Reuter, 2017, ”Vääristikö Hannah Arendt totuutta?” Arvio kirjasta Hannah Arendt, Eichmann Jerusalemissa. Raportti pahuuden arkipäiväisyydestä, suom. A. Holmila & J. Tilli, Jyväskylä: Docendo 2016. (Did Hannah Arendt distort truth? Review of the Finnish translation of Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem.) Niin & Näin 24: 1, 148-151.
  • Martina Reuter, 2016, “The Role of the Passions in Wollstonecraft’s Notion of Virtue”, in Wollstonecraft’s Social and Political Philosophy, eds. S. Bergès & A. Coffee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 50-66.
  • Kristina Rolin, Olli-Pekka Moisio, Martina Reuter & Miira Tuominen (eds.) 2016, Sukupuoli ja filosofia (Gender and philosophy), Jyväskylä: SoPhi.
  • Martina Reuter, 2015, ”Varför så få kvinnor? Könsfördelningen inom den akademiska filosofin” (Why so few women? Gender proportions in academic philosophy), Tidskrift för politisk filosofi  19: 3, 5-19.
  • Martina Reuter, 2015, ”Puheenvuoro: Naisten asema filosofiassa” (Musings: The position of women in philosophy), Sukupuolentutkimus 28: 1, 50-54.
  • Martina Reuter, 2014, ”’Like a Fanciful Kind of Half Being’ Mary Wollstonecraft’s Criticism of Jean-Jacques Rousseau”, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 29: 4, 925-941.
  • Martina Reuter, Lena Halldenius & Alan Coffee, 2014, “Cluster Introduction: Mary Wollstonecraft: Philosophy and Enlightenment”, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 29: 4, 906-907.
  • Martina Reuter, 2014, “Concepts and Concept Formation in Early Modern Philosophy”, in Sourcebook on the History of Philosophy of Mind, eds. S. Knuuttila & J. Sihvola. Dordrecht: Springer, 281-297.
  • Martina Reuter, Malin Grahn & Ilse Paakkinen, 2014, “Psychology of Gender”, in Sourcebook on the History of Philosophy of Mind, eds. S. Knuuttila & J. Sihvola. Dordrecht: Springer, 641-669.
  • Martina Reuter, 2013, “Freedom of the Will as a Basis of Equality: Descartes, Elisabeth and Poullain de la Barre”, in Freedom and the Construction of Europe, vol. II, eds. Q. Skinner & M. van Gelderen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 65-83.
  • Martina Reuter, 2013, "Hannah Arendt ja John Rawls kansalaistottelemattomuudesta" (Hannah Arendt and John Rawls on civil disobedience) Tiede & edistys 38: 4, 288-299. The article was short listed for the Kone Foundation Scholarly Pen of the Year Award.