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This pioneering and innovative study challenges modern assumptions of what constitutes the political and the public in Renaissance thought. Offering gendered readings of a wide array of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century political thinkers, with a particular focus on the two prime thinkers of the early modern state, Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Bodin, Anna Becker reconstructs a neglected but important classical tradition in political thought. Exploring how 'the political' was incorporated into a wide array of 'private' or 'apolitical' topics by early modern thinkers, Becker demonstrates how both republican and absolutist thinkers - the two poles which organise early modern political thought - relied on gendered justifications. In doing so, she reveals how the foundations of the modern state were significantly shaped by gendered concerns.Read more
- Women are often strangely absent from histories of political thought, so this book fills a significant gap
- Looks beyond conventional narratives of the political participation of women to look at gender holistically
- Resets the standard framework of the history of political thought to enable a fuller understanding of Renaissance thought in its complexity
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‘Becker offers a convincing argument regarding the perceived political nature of the domestic sphere in the Renaissance.’ Yael Manes, Journal of the History of Philosophy
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- Date Published: February 2020
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108487054
- length: 282 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The civic and the domestic in Aristotelian thought
2. Friendship, concord, and Machiavellian subversion
3. Jean Bodin and the politics of the family
4. Inclusions and exclusions
5. Sovereign men and subjugated women: the invention of a tradition
Conclusion: from wives to children, from husbands to fathers.
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