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The Wollstonecraftian Mind

ISBN 9781138709973
Published July 23, 2019 by Routledge
530 Pages

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Book Description

There has been a rising interest in the study of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) in philosophy, political theory, literary studies and the history of political thought in recent decades. The Wollstonecraftian Mind seeks to provide a comprehensive survey of her work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising 38 chapters by a team of international contributors this handbook covers:

  • the background to Wollstonecraft’s work
  • Wollstonecraft’s major works
  • the relationship between Wollstonecraft and other major philosophers
  • Wollstonecraftian philosophy
  • Wollstonecraft’s legacy

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Wollstonecraft’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, literature, French studies, political thought, and feminism.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee

Part 1: Background

1. The Defence of Women Karen Green

2. The Seventeenth Century Jacqueline Broad

3. The Social Contract Tradition Natalie Fueher Taylor

4. Rational Dissent Orianne Smith

5. The Scottish Enlightenment Daniel O’Neill

6. The Revolutionary Period Spiros Tegos

Part 2: Major Works

7. A Vindication of the Rights of Men Sylvana Tomaselli

8. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Nancy Johnson

9. Educational Works Susan Laird

10. The Novels Elizabeth Dolan

11. Epistolary and Historical Writings Ross Carroll

Part 3: Interlocutors

12. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Christopher Brooke

13. Immanuel Kant Liane Carlson

14. Edmund Burke Mary Fairclough

15. Catharine Macaulay Alan Coffee

16. William Godwin Mark Philp

17. Jane Austen Madeline Ahmed Cronin

18. Lucretia Mott Lisa Pace Vetter

19. Harriet Taylor Helen McCabe

20. John Stuart Mill Eileen Hunt Botting

21. Virginia Woolf Lyndall Gordon

22. Simone de Beauvoir Lori J. Marso

Part 4: Philosophy

23. Theology and Religion Emily Dumler-Winckler

24. Epistemology Isabelle Bour

25. Virtue Virginia Sapiro

26. Reason, Imagination, Passion Martina Reuter

27. Patriarchy and Social Power Wendy Gunther-Canada

28. Masculinity Ruth Abbey

Part 5: Legacies

29. Marriage, Love, and Friendship Nancy Kendrick

30. Feminist Liberalism Penny Weiss

31. Feminist Republicanism Lena Halldenius

32. Democracy Elizabeth Frazer

33. Human Rights Alexandre Lefèbvre

34. Family Laura Brace

35. Citizenship Melanie White

36. Capabilities, Adaptive Preferences, and Education Sandrine Bergès

37. Gender and Social Theory Lorna Bracewell

38. Freedom Nancy J. Hirshmann and Emily Regier.


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Sandrine Bergès is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She is the author of The Routledge Companion to Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (2013) and A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics (2015).

Eileen Hunt Botting is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and the author or editor of seven books. Her latest titles are Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women’s Human Rights (2016) and Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in ‘Frankenstein’ (2017).

Alan Coffee teaches Global Ethics and Human Values at King’s College London, UK. He is the co-editor with Sandrine Bergès of The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (2016).