The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Routledge, 2013 - Philosophy - 196 pages

Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the Eighteenth century. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Her most celebrated and widely-read work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This Guidebook introduces:

  • Wollstonecraft¿s life and the background to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • The ideas and text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Wollstonecraft¿s enduring influence in philosophy and our contemporary intellectual life

It is ideal for anyone coming to Wollstonecraft¿s classic text for the first time and anyone interested in the origins of feminist thought.

 

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Contents

1 The first of a new genus
1
2 The rights of woman and national education
19
3 Brutes or rational beings?
41
4 Relative virtues and meretricious slaves
63
5 Abject slaves and capricious tyrants
86
6 Angels and beasts
107
7 Taste and unclouded reason
126
8 Rational fellowship or slavish obedience? Love marriage and family
144
9 Concluding reflections
163
Notes
181
Bibliography
189
Index
193
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Sandrine Berges is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bilkent, Turkey.

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