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





ISBN 9780415674140
Published March 11, 2013 by Routledge
208 Pages

 
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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  Series Editor Preface  Author Preface  1. The First of a New Genus  2. The rights of woman and national education  3. Brutes or rational beings?  4. Relative virtues and meretricious slaves  5. Abject slaves and capricious  6. Angels and Beasts  7. Taste and unclouded reason  8. Rational fellowship or slavish obedience? Love, marriage and family  9. Concluding reflections  Bibliography  Index

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Sandrine Berges is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bilkent, Turkey.