Mary Wollstonecraft is remembered principally as the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and there has been a tendency to view her most famous work in isolation. Yet Wollstonecraft's pronouncements about women grew out of her reflections on men, and her views on the female sex constituted an integral part of a wider moral and political critique of her times that she first fully formulated in A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790). This fully annotated edition brings these two works together.
'… a thoughtful, wide-ranging and important examination of Wollstonecraft's thought … Wollstonecraft is skilfully considered in terms of radical Enlightenment thought, and the links between this and feminism are probed in a treatment that is alive to the diversity of this radicalism.' Times Higher Education Supplement
1. The rights and involved duties of mankind considered; 2. The prevailing opinion of a sexual character discussed; 3. The same subject continued; 4. Observations on the state of degradation to which woman is reduced by various causes; 5. Animadversions on some of the writers who have rendered women objects of pity, bordering on contempt; 6. The effect which an early association of ideas has upon the character; 7. Modesty - comprehensively considered, and not as a sexual virtue; 8. Morality undermined by sexual notions of the importance of a good reputation; 9. Of the pernicious effects which arise from the unnatural distinctions established in society; 10. Parental affection; 11. Duty to parents; 12. On national education; 13. Some instances of the folly which the ignorance of women generates; with concluding reflections on the moral improvement that a revolution in female manners might naturally be expected to produce.