A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 [NOOK Book]

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This ground-breaking book surveys the history of women's political thought in Europe from the late medieval period to the early modern era. The authors examine women's ideas about topics such as the basis of political authority, the best form of political organisation, justifications of obedience and resistance, and concepts of liberty, toleration, sociability, equality, and self-preservation. Women's ideas concerning relations between the sexes are discussed in tandem with their broader political outlooks; and ...
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A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700

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Overview

This ground-breaking book surveys the history of women's political thought in Europe from the late medieval period to the early modern era. The authors examine women's ideas about topics such as the basis of political authority, the best form of political organisation, justifications of obedience and resistance, and concepts of liberty, toleration, sociability, equality, and self-preservation. Women's ideas concerning relations between the sexes are discussed in tandem with their broader political outlooks; and the authors demonstrate that the development of a distinctively sexual politics is reflected in women's critiques of marriage, the double standard, and women's exclusion from government. Women writers are also shown to be indebted to the ancient idea of political virtue, and to be acutely aware of being part of a long tradition of female political commentary. This work will be of tremendous interest to political philosophers, historians of ideas, and feminist scholars alike.
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"... This book is important as much for its historical breadth, meticulous attention to scholarly detail, and subtle interpretation of texts, as for the power of philosophical imagination fueling the ambitious, pioneering project. It is a groundbreaking work insofar as it has opened up a new way of approaching the history of European political philosophy -- one that places gender politics and the voices of women center stage."
--Eileen O'Neill, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"The authors studiously resist the temptation to impose contemporary political concepts on the work of the women under study, even while they recognize certain similarities between eras in terms of language or the structure of particular arguments...It is difficult to imagine subsequent scholars doing serious work on this topic without this book nearby."
Canadian Journal of Political Science Frank Vander Valk, State University of New York, Empire State College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511737619
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 681 KB

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Broad is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics at Monash University. She is author of Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (2002) and co-editor of Virtue, Liberty, and Toleration: Political Ideas of European Women, 1400–1800 (2007).
Karen Green is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics at Monash University. She is author of Drummett: Philosophy of Language (2001) and The Woman of Reason (1995).
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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Christine de Pizan; 2. Women of the Italian Renaissance; 3. From Anne de Beaujeu to Marguerite de Navarre; 4. Queen Elizabeth I of England; 5. From the Reformation to Marie le Jars de Gournay; 6. Women of the English Civil War era; 7. Quaker women; 8. The Fronde and Madeleine de Scudéry; 9. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle; 10. Women of the Glorious Revolution; 11. Women of late seventeenth-century France; 12. Mary Astell; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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