Nature, Woman and the Art of Politics

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This impressive collection of previously unpublished essays examines the relation among competing understandings of "nature," "woman," and the "artifice" of politics. By looking historically and comprehensively at the problems and questions associated with human thinking about nature, woman, and politics, the contributors strive to gain the proper vantage point from which to assess modern virtues and vices. Also taking note of important religious and literary contributions to thought on nature and woman, these ...
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Overview

This impressive collection of previously unpublished essays examines the relation among competing understandings of "nature," "woman," and the "artifice" of politics. By looking historically and comprehensively at the problems and questions associated with human thinking about nature, woman, and politics, the contributors strive to gain the proper vantage point from which to assess modern virtues and vices. Also taking note of important religious and literary contributions to thought on nature and woman, these essays present a broad range of claims from classical Greece to the present intended to stimulate modem thinking. Nature, Woman, and the Artifice of Politics will prove indispensable to scholars of philosophy, political science and women's studies.
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Provides a close and thoughtful examination of important texts. The arguments made are persuasive and demonstrate that the 'dead white male' was perhaps not the patriarch we may have believed.
American Political Science Review
Whether one agrees or disagrees, the arguments presented are wide-ranging and thought provoking. ... Should be required reading for anyone exploring the basis and implications of sex and gender for human social relations and political order
Political Theory
This collection does serve to bring together a wide variety of positions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847692460
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Velásquez is assistant professor of politics at Washington & Lee University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Apology
Male and Female Created He Them: Some Platonic Reflections on Genesis 1-3 1
The Tragic Heroine: Medea and the Problem of Exile 19
The "Woman Drama" of Republic Book V 53
Women and Slaves in Arisotle's Politics I 73
Livy, Lucretia, and Rome's Republican Founding: A Reading of Female Rape and Masculine Virtu 95
Plutarch on Philosophic Eros and Married Life 115
Women and/as Princes in Machiavelli's Comedies 137
The Natural Rights Family: Locke on Women, Nature, and the Problem of Patriarcy 149
Convention and Constraint in the Education of Rousseau's "Natural Woman" 181
Honor, Civility, and Civilization: David Hume on the Refinement of Sexual, Moral, and Civic Relations 209
When Vanity Leads to Virtue: Self-Regard in Jane Austen and Adam Smith 245
Virtue and Friendship in Persuasion: Jane Austen's "Aristotelian" Understanding of Happiness 265
Evolving Conceptions of Women in Modern Liberal Culture: From Hegel to Mill 295
Nietzsche's Woman as Friend: The Paradox of Distance and Proximity 313
What Death Will Buy: Escaping Gender in Emily Dickinson 329
Wild Women and Graceful Girls: Toni Morrison's Winter's Tale 341
Index 371
About the Authors 383
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