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By Alice Sowaal,Penny A. Weiss

Often often called a proto-feminist, early sleek English thinker and rhetorician Mary Astell used to be a pious supporter of monarchy who wrote approximately gender equality at a time whilst society tightly limited lady company. This diversified choice of essays situates her rules in feminist, ancient, and philosophical contexts.

Focusing on Astell’s paintings and notion, this ebook explores the measure to which she will be thought of a “feminist” in gentle of her adherence to Cartesianism, Christian theology, and Tory politics. The individuals discover the philosophical underpinnings of Astell’s outspoken advocacy for the autonomy and schooling of girls; study the intricacies underlying her theories of strength, group, and feminine resistance to illegal authority; and exhibit the similarities among her personal philosophy of gender and sexual politics and feminist theorizing today.

A broad-ranging examine probably the most very important woman writers of the 17th and eighteenth centuries, this quantity might be in particular beneficial to scholars and students of feminist historical past and philosophy and the early sleek era.

Aside from the editors, the individuals are Kathleen A. Ahearn, Jacqueline huge, Karen Detlefsen, Susan Paterson Glover, Marcy P. Lascano, Elisabeth Hedrick Moser, Christine Mason Sutherland, and Nancy Tuana.

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