Women in Western Political Thought (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, 1979 - Political Science - 371 pages
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Why hasn't real equality between the sexes resulted from the formal enfranchisement of women? Susan Moller Okin finds an answer to this question in the existing tradition of political theory, which requires the subordination of women. An exploration of the functionalist view of women in Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and John Stuart Mill, this work, originally published in 1979, is a feminist analysis of the major political philosophy of Western culture. Reissued here with a new afterword, it exposes deep-rooted assumptions about sex roles, family and society that continue to shape our lives.
  

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Contents

Plato and the Greek Tradition of Misogyny
15
Philosopher Queens and Private Wives
28
Female Nature and Social Structure
51
Womans Place and Nature in a Functionalist
73
Rousseau and the Modern Patriarchal Tradition
99
The Natural Woman and Her Role
106
Equality and Freedomfor Men
140
The Fate of Rousseaus Heroines
167
Women and Functionalism Past and Present
233
Persons Women and the Law
247
Conclusions
274
Appendix to Chapter 2
305
Notes
341
Bibliography
387
Index
399
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John Stuart Mill Liberal Feminist
197

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Okin is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

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