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Author Springborg, Patricia.

Title Mary Astell : theorist of freedom from domination / Patricia Springborg
Edition First paperback edition
Published Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 2012


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Description xix, 372 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction : Astell and early modern feminism -- 1. Mary Astell, philosopher, theologian and polemicist -- 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 highway man : a test case -- 7. Astell, Drake and the historical legacy of freedom
Summary Philosopher, theologian, educational theorist, feminist and political pamphleteer, Mary Astell was an important figure in the history of ideas of the early modern period. Among the first systematic critics of John Locke's entire corpus, she is best known for the famous question which prefaces her Reflections on Marriage: 'If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?' She is claimed by modern Republican theorists and feminists alike but, as a Royalist High Church Tory, the peculiar constellation of her views sits uneasily with modern commentators. Patricia Springborg's 2005 study addresses these apparent paradoxes, recovering the historical and philosophical contexts to her thought. She shows that Astell was not alone in her views; rather, she was part of a cohort of early modern women philosophers who were important for the reception of Descartes and who grappled with the existential problems of a new age
Notes Originally pub.: 2005
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-345) and index
Subject Astell, Mary, 1668-1731 -- Political and social views.
Women's rights -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
ISBN 1107407559