Whether a Christian Woman Should Be Educated and Other Writings from Her Intellectual Circle (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Social Science - 174 pages
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Advocate and exemplar of women's education, female of aristocratic birth and modest demeanor, Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678) was one of Reformation Europe's most renowned writers defending women's intelligence. From her early teens, Schurman garnered recognition and admiration for her accomplishments in languages, philosophy, poetry, and painting. As an adult she actively engaged in written correspondence and debate with Europe's leading intellectuals. Nevertheless, Schurman refused to regard herself as an anomaly among women. A supporter of the female sex, she argues that the same rigorous education that shaped her should be made available to all Christian daughters of the aristocracy.

Gathered here in meticulous translation are Anna Maria van Schurman's defense of women's education, her letters to other learned women, and her own account of her early life, as well as responses to her work from male contemporaries, and rare writings by Schurman's mentor, Voetius. This volume will interest the general reader as well as students of women's, religious, and social history.


  

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Contents

Anna Maria van Schurman and Her Intellectual Circle
1
Selections from the Writings of Anna Maria van Schurman
23
Whether the Study of Letters Is Fitting for a Christian Woman
25
Correspondence with Andre Rivet on this Question
39
Correspondence with Other Women
57
Eukleria Chapters 1 and 2
73
Concerning Women by Gisbertus Voetius
95
The Natural Status and Condition of Women
97
The Secular and Political Status of Women
117
The Spiritual and Ecclesiastical Status of Women
130
Bibliography
139
Index
145
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