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The Equality of the Sexes

Three Feminist Texts of the Seventeenth Century

Desmond M. Clarke

September 2013

ISBN: 9780199673513

240 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Price: £30.99

The seventeenth century witnessed the first publications that argued for the equality of men and women. Desmond M. Clarke presents new translations of the three most important ones, with excerpts from the authors' related writings, together with an extensive introduction to the religious and philosophical context within which they argued.

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The seventeenth century witnessed the first publications that argued for the equality of men and women. Desmond M. Clarke presents new translations of the three most important ones, with excerpts from the authors' related writings, together with an extensive introduction to the religious and philosophical context within which they argued.

  • The three most important seventeenth-century feminist tracts in one volume
  • Accessible translations accompanied by an extensive introductory essay
  • Sets out the historical, theological, and philosophical contexts of these key texts
  • Essential reading for anyone working on culture and religion in the early modern period

About the Author(s)

Desmond M. Clarke, National University of Ireland, Cork

Desmond M Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Cork. He was awarded a D.Litt from the National University of Ireland, was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute and a Fulbright Scholar, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of a number of books on seventeenth-century philosophy, and has also translated texts of the same period from Latin and French, including Descartes and Louis de la Forge.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on the Texts and Translations
    Introduction
    Marie le Jars de Gournay
    The Equality of Men and Women
    The Ladies' Complaint
    Anna Maria van Schurman
    A Dissertation on the Natural Capacity of Women for Study and Learning
    Excerpts from other writings
    Correspondence
    Eukleria
    François Poulain de la Barre
    A Physical and Moral Discourse concerning the Equality of Both Sexes
    Excerpts from The Education of Ladies
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Clarke's volume...is fit to serve as the authoritative English translation of these works for our field." - Marcy P. Lascano, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"refreshing ... it will keep students awake and arguing, hopefully in edigying ways ... Highly recommended." - A. Rabil Jr., CHOICE

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