Mary Astell: Theorist of Freedom from Dominationby Patricia Springborg
Pub. Date: 12/31/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Philosopher, theologian, educational theorist, feminist, and political pamphleteer, Mary Astell was an important figure in the history of ideas of the early modern period in many contexts. (She contributed to the British debate over toleration and dissent from the 1690s, which inaugurated the modern secular state.) Patricia Springborg's study recovers the historical and philosophical contexts of her thought. She demonstrates that Astell was not alone in her views but, rather, part of a cohort of early modern women philosophers grappling with the existential problems of a new age.
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Table of Contents1. Mary Astell, polemicist, philosopher and theologian; 2. Astell, Drake, education, epistemology and the serious proposal; 3. Astell on marriage, patriarchalism and contractarianism; 4. Mary Astell and the settlement of 1689; 5. A fair way with the dissenters and their patrons; 6. Astell, Locke and the highwayman: a test case; 7. Astell, Drake and the legacy of freedom from domination.
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