Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes

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Nancy J. Hirschmann, Joanne H. Wright
Penn State Press, Nov 9, 2012 - Philosophy - 312 pages

Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes features the work of feminist scholars who are centrally engaged with Hobbes’s ideas and texts and who view Hobbes as an important touchstone in modern political thought. Bringing together scholars from the disciplines of philosophy, history, political theory, and English literature who embrace diverse theoretical and philosophical approaches and a range of feminist perspectives, this interdisciplinary collection aims to appeal to an audience of Hobbes scholars and nonspecialists alike.

As a theorist whose trademark is a compelling argument for absolute sovereignty, Hobbes may seem initially to have little to offer twenty-first-century feminist thought. Yet, as the contributors to this collection demonstrate, Hobbesian political thought provides fertile ground for feminist inquiry. Indeed, in engaging Hobbes, feminist theory engages with what is perhaps the clearest and most influential articulation of the foundational concepts and ideas associated with modernity: freedom, equality, human nature, authority, consent, coercion, political obligation, and citizenship.

Aside from the editors, the contributors are Joanne Boucher, Karen Detlefsen, Karen Green, Wendy Gunther-Canada, Jane S. Jaquette, S. A. Lloyd, Su Fang Ng, Carole Pateman, Gordon Schochet, Quentin Skinner, and Susanne Sreedhar.

 

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Contents

The Many Faces of Mr Hobs Joanne H Wright and Nancy J Hirschmann
1
Notes to Introduction
16
Hobbes History Politics and Gender A Conversation with Carole Pateman and Quentin Skinner Conducted by Nancy J Hirschmannand Joanne H Wri...
18
Classic Questions New Approaches
45
Power and Sexual Subordination in Hobbess Political Theory S A Lloyd
47
Notes to Chapter 2
60
Defending Liberal Feminism Insights from Hobbes Jane S Jaquette
63
Notes to Chapter 3
78
Notes to Chapter 7
167
When Is a Contract Theorist Not a Contract Theorist? Mary Astell and Catharine Macaulayas Critics of Thomas Hobbes Karen Green
169
Notes to Chapter 8
185
Catharine Macaulays Loose Remarks on Hobbesian Politics Wendy GuntherCanada
190
Notes to Chapter 9
212
Hobbes in the TwentyFirst Century or What Has Hobbes Done for You Lately?
217
Thomas Hobbes and the Problem of Fetal Personhood Joanne Boucher
219
Notes to Chapter 10
235

Hobbes and the Bestial Body of Sovereignty Su Fang Ng
83
Notes to Chapter 4
99
The Gendered Politics of Gratitude Contract and the Family
103
Thomas Hobbes on the Family and the State of Nature 1967 Gordon J Schochet
105
Notes to Chapter 5
121
Gordon Schochet on Hobbes Gratitude and Women Nancy J Hirschmann
125
Notes to Chapter 6
143
Hobbes and HistoricalWomen
147
Margaret Cavendish and Thomas Hobbes on Freedom Education and Women Karen Detlefsen
149
Choice Talk Breast Implants and Feminist Consent Theory Hobbess Legacy in Choice Feminism Joanne H Wright
240
Notes to Chapter 11
257
Toward a Hobbesian Theory of Sexuality Susanne Sreedhar
260
Notes to Chapter 12
277
Notes on Contributors
281
Index
285
COVER Back
298
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About the author (2012)

Nancy J. Hirschmann is Professor of Political Science at The University of Pennsylvania. She is also co-editor with Kirstie McClure of Feminist Interpretations of John Locke (Penn State, 2007).

Joanne H. Wright is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick.

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