Nature, Woman, and the Art of Politics

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Eduardo A. Velásquez
Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 385 pages
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This impressive collection of previously unpublished essays examines the relationship between competing conceptions of 'nature' and 'woman.' By looking historically and comprehensively at the problems and questions associated with human thinking about nature and woman, the contributors strive to gain the proper vantage point from which to assess modern virtues and vices. Also taking note of important religious and literary contributions to thought on nature and woman, these essays present a broad range of claims from classical Greece to the present intended to stimulate modern thinking. Nature, Woman, and the Art of Politics will prove indispensable to scholars of philosophy, political science and womenOs studies.
 

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Contents

Male and Female Created He Them Some Platonic Reflections on Genesis 13
1
The Tragic Heroine Medea and the Problem of Exile
19
The Woman Drama of Republic Book V
53
Women and Slaves in Aristotles Politics I
73
Livy Lucretia and Romes Republican Founding A Reading of Female Rape and Masculine Virtù
95
Plutarch on Philosophic Eros and Married Life
115
Women andas Princes in Machiavellis Comedies
137
The Natural Rights Family Locke on Women Nature and the Problem of Patriarchy
149
When Vanity Leads to Virtue SelfRegard in Jane Austen and Adam Smith
245
Virtue and Friendship in Persuasion Jane Austens Aristotelian Understanding of Happiness
265
Evolving Conceptions of Women in Modern Liberal Culture From Hegel to Mill
295
Nietzsches Woman as Friend The Paradox of Distance and Proximity
313
What Death Will Buy Escaping Gender in Emily Dickinson
329
Wild Women and Graceful Girls Toni Morrisons Winters Tale
341
Index
371
About the Authors
383

Convention and Constraint in the Education of Rousseaus Natural Woman
181
Honor Civility and Civilization David Hume on the Refinement of Sexual Moral and Civic Relations
209

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Eduardo Velásquez is assistant professor of politics at Washington & Lee University.

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