A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2010 - Social Science - 448 pages
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During the oppressive reign of Louis XIV, Gabrielle Suchon (1632–1703) was the most forceful female voice in France, advocating women’s freedom and self-determination, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority. This volume collects Suchon’s writing from two works—Treatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen; or, Life without Commitments (1700)—and demonstrates her to be an original philosophical and moral thinker and writer.

Suchon argues that both women and men have inherently similar intellectual, corporeal, and spiritual capacities, which entitle them equally to essentially human prerogatives, and she displays her breadth of knowledge as she harnesses evidence from biblical, classical, patristic, and contemporary secular sources to bolster her claim. Forgotten over the centuries, these writings have been gaining increasing attention from feminist historians, students of philosophy, and scholars of seventeenth-century French literature and culture. This translation, from Domna C. Stanton and Rebecca M. Wilkin, marks the first time these works will appear in English.

 

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Contents

Volume Editors Introduction
1
Volume Editors Bibliography
53
Freedom Knowledge and Authority
65
II On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen or Life without Commitments
229
Complete Tables of Contents of the Entire Treatise on Ethics and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen
295

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Domna C. Stanton is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Rebecca M. Wilkin is assistant professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University.

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