By Karen Green

Through the eighteenth century, elite girls participated within the philosophical, medical, and political controversies that ended in the overthrow of monarchy, the reconceptualisation of marriage, and the emergence of contemporary, democratic associations. during this finished learn, Karen eco-friendly outlines and discusses the guidelines and arguments of those ladies, exploring the advance in their certain and contrasting political positions, and their engagement with the works of political thinkers resembling Hobbes, Locke, Mandeville and Rousseau. Her exploration levels throughout Europe from England via France, Italy, Germany and Russia, and discusses thinkers together with Mary Astell, Emilie Du Châtelet, Luise Kulmus-Gottsched and Elisabetta Caminer Turra. This examine demonstrates the intensity of women's contributions to eighteenth-century political debates, convalescing their old value and deepening our knowing of this era in highbrow heritage. it is going to offer an important source for readers in political philosophy, political idea, highbrow background, and women's stories.

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1, p. xiv. Anne Dacier, Des Causes de la corruption du goust (Paris: Rigaud, 1714); Homère défendu contre l’apologie du R. P. Hardouin ou suite des causes de la corruption du goust (Paris: Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1716). I argue for the importance of Scudéry in the development of modern ideas of romantic love in Karen Green, ‘Madeleine de Scudéry on Love and the Emergence of the “Private Sphere”’, History of Political Thought 30 (2009), 272–85. Early eighteenth-century debates 23 the manners of a modern age, in which men and women circulate freely, and in which the civilised and gallant manners of men provide an insurance for women’s social freedom and influence.

Hypatia’s Daughters: Fifteen Hundred Years of Women Philosophers (Bloomington, in: Indiana University Press, 1996), pp. ), A History of Women Philosophers (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1991), pp. 101–25; Elizabeth Sund, ‘Catharine Cockburn’s Moral Philosophy’ (PhD thesis, Monash University, 2013). Catharine Trotter Cockburn, A Poem on his Grace the Duke of Marlborough’s Return from His German Expedition (London: Printed for B. Bragg, at the Blue Ball in Ave-Mary-Lane, 1705). Thomas Burnet, Remarks on John Locke by Thomas Burnet; with Locke’s Replies, ed.

Beatrice H. Zedler (Lanham, ny: University Press of America, 1984). Charrière, Œuvres complètes, vol. 10, p. 79. For an extended account of women’s letter writing during the period, see Dena Goodman, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (Ithaca, ny: Cornell University Press, 2009). Spalding, Elise Reimarus (1735–1805), p. 80. 28 A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700–1800 progress, rooted in the discourse of the English Civil war, tended to flow in the opposite direction. 64 These writers were all interested in the nature and authority of the state, and in questions of liberty, in one sense or another.

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