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A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400–1700

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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521888172

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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 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.

    • Provides quotations and translations from key primary works by female political thinkers such as Christine de Pizan, Marguerite de Navarre, Elizabeth I, Lucrezia Marinella and Mary Astell
    • Includes an extensive and comprehensive bibliography of women's works to facilitate further research
    • A unique resource for those wanting to include women's ideas in courses on the history of political theory
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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.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521888172
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Jacqueline Broad, Monash University, Victoria
    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, Monash University, Victoria
    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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