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

By Sandrine Berges


© 2013 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Author/Editor

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

About the Series

The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

The Routledge Guides to the Great Books provide ideal introductions to the texts which have shaped Western Civilization. The Guidebooks explore the arguments and ideas contained in the most influential works from some of the most brilliant thinkers who have ever lived, from Aristotle to Marx and Newton to Wollstonecraft. Each Guidebook opens with a short introduction to the author of the great book and the context within which they were working and concludes with an examination of the lasting significance of the book. The Routledge Guides to the Great Books will therefore provide students everywhere with complete introductions to the most significant books of all time.

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