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Feminist Interpretations of Mary Wollstonecraft

Edited by Maria J. Falco

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$35.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-01493-7

248 pages
6" × 9"
1996

Re-Reading the Canon

Feminist Interpretations of Mary Wollstonecraft

Edited by Maria J. Falco

Combining the liberalism of Locke and the "civic humanism" of Republicanism, Mary Wollstonecraft explored the need of women for coed and equal education with men, economic independence whether married or not, and representation as citizens in the halls of government. In doing so, she foreshadowed and surpassed her much better known successor, John Stuart Mill. Ten feminist scholars prominent in the fields of political philosophy, constitutional and international law, rhetoric, literature, and psychology argue here that Wollstonecraft, by reason of the scope and complexity of her thought, belongs in the "canon" of political philosophers along with Rousseau and Burke, her contemporaries, both of whom she strenuously engaged in political debate.

 

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Combining the liberalism of Locke and the "civic humanism" of Republicanism, Mary Wollstonecraft explored the need of women for coed and equal education with men, economic independence whether married or not, and representation as citizens in the halls of government. In doing so, she foreshadowed and surpassed her much better known successor, John Stuart Mill. Ten feminist scholars prominent in the fields of political philosophy, constitutional and international law, rhetoric, literature, and psychology argue here that Wollstonecraft, by reason of the scope and complexity of her thought, belongs in the "canon" of political philosophers along with Rousseau and Burke, her contemporaries, both of whom she strenuously engaged in political debate.

These essays explore the many aspects of her thought that resound so tellingly to the modern woman, including her groundbreaking attempt to be completely self-sufficient. The final bibliographical essay outlines the changing interpretations of Wollstonecraft's work over the past two hundred years and evaluates her standing among political theorists today.

Contributors are Maria J. Falco, Penny A. Weiss, Virginia Sapiro, Virginia L. Muller, Wendy Gunther-Canada, Carol H. Poston, Miriam Brody, Moira Ferguson, Louise Byer Miller, and Dorothy McBride Stetson.

Maria J. Falco is Professor Emerita of Political Science at DePauw University. She is the author of Truth and Meaning in Political Science: An Introduction to Political Inquiry (1973) and "Bigotry!": Ethnic, Machine and Sexual Politics in a Senatorial Election (1980) and the editor of Through the Looking-Glass: Epistemology and the Conduct of Political Inquiry: An Anthology (1979) and Feminism and Epistemology (1987).

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