A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800 by Karen Green

By Karen Green

Through the eighteenth century, elite ladies participated within the philosophical, clinical, and political controversies that ended in the overthrow of monarchy, the reconceptualisation of marriage, and the emergence of recent, democratic associations. during this entire research, Karen eco-friendly outlines and discusses the guidelines and arguments of those girls, exploring the advance in their precise and contrasting political positions, and their engagement with the works of political thinkers similar to Hobbes, Locke, Mandeville and Rousseau. Her exploration levels throughout Europe from England via France, Italy, Germany and Russia, and discusses thinkers together with Mary Astell, Emilie Du Châtelet, Luise Kulmus-Gottsched and Elisabetta Caminer Turra. This learn demonstrates the intensity of women's contributions to eighteenth-century political debates, recuperating their ancient value and deepening our realizing of this era in highbrow historical past. it is going to offer an important source for readers in political philosophy, political concept, highbrow heritage, and women's reports.

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Virginis Annae Mariae a Schurman Dissertatio De Ingenii Muliebris ad Doctrinam, & meliores Litteras aptitudine. , trans. Clement Barksdale (London: J. Redmayne, 1659). Early eighteenth-century debates 27 century the answer, ‘education for participation in polite society’ was widely accepted, at least in aristocratic and bourgeois circles. Women still had reason to lament the paucity of the education they actually received, and in France, Germany, and England the highest academic institutions, the universities, the Royal Society, and Académie Française were closed to them, though this was not always the case in Italy.

28 In a similar vein to her praise of Marcus Aurelius, part of Dacier’s defence of Homer involves drawing parallels between his theology and the ancient Jewish traditions on which Christianity was founded. Thus she asserts that although it is not possible to find a complete theology in Homer’s work: he acknowledges a first Being, a Sovereign God, on whom all the other Gods were dependent; it is visible, that he every-where asserts the Liberty of Man, a two-fold destiny, so necessary for reconciling that Liberty with Predestination, the Immortality of the Soul, and Rewards and Punishments after Death.

The English translator takes liberties at this point, suggesting that some of Plato’s dialogues deal with homosexual passion, but claiming that this was an early aberration renounced in The Laws. Dacier, The Works of Plato abridged, vol. 1, p. 53. Dacier, Les Œuvres de Platon, vol. 1, p. 93; Dacier, The Works of Plato abridged, vol. 1, pp. 82–3. Dacier, Les Œuvres de Platon, vol. 1, pp. 93–4; Dacier, The Works of Plato abridged, vol. 1, p. 83. 26 A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700–1800 political thought, which renders it public and masculine, and represents private passions as hurdles to be overcome in the pursuit of public good.

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