Download: May Preston Slosson’s Dissertation, “Different Theories of Beauty” (1880)

I spent $65 to get Cornell to dig up and digitize May Preston’s dissertation. If everyone puts in $1, I can (eventually…) recoup that money and put it toward digitizing the next American women philosopher’s dissertation (and/or other works). Then, $1 for each of those, and it can go on and on until they’re all digitized!

Thank you for your help!

May Preston Slosson’s Dissertation: Different Theories of Beauty (PDF)

May Preston was the first woman to receive a PhD in Philosophy in the US. The year was 1880 and the school, Cornell University. Her dissertation – and thus the first US woman philosopher’s dissertation – was on Aesthetics.


2 thoughts on “Download: May Preston Slosson’s Dissertation, “Different Theories of Beauty” (1880)

  1. Trevor

    Glad you’re doing this project! I wanted to recommend that you try to order these early dissertations through interlibrary loan before paying for them: I was able to order Slosson’s dissertation that way for free, specifying in the request that it was only 16 pages long.


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