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

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

by Gabrielle Suchon, Domna C. Stanton, Rebecca M. Wilkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226779203

ISBN-13: 9780226779201

Pub. Date: 05/01/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226779201
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Series Editors' Introduction ix

Volume Editors' Introduction 1

Volume Editors' Bibliography 53

I Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Divided into Three Parts: Freedom, Knowledge, and Authority

Editors' Introduction 65

Preface to the Treatise 73

From Part I On Freedom, Where It Is Proven That Persons of the Sex Can Possess Freedom Even Though Deprived of It 87

From Part II On Knowledge: Although Deprived of Knowledge, Persons of the Sex Do Not Lack the Necessary Qualities to Gain Knowledge 131

From Part III On Authority: Women Can Share Authority without Deviating from the Submission They Owe to the First Sex 190

Elegy 226

II On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen, or Life without Commitments

Editors' Introduction 229

Foreword 237

From Book I Definition of Celibacy, Its Differences, Properties, and Titles 242

From Book II Excellency and Privileges of Celibacy and Its Parallels with the Other Two Conditions 266

From Book III The Schedule, Occupations, and Virtues Most Necessary to Persons Who Live without Commitments 286

Appendix: Complete Tables of Contents of the Entire Treatise on Ethics and Politics and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen 295

Glossary 301

Series Editors' Bibliography 327

Index 355

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