A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Gabrielle Suchon (16231703) was the most forceful female voice during the absolutistic reign of Louis XIV in France, advocating women's freedom of condition and conscience, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority in the public sphere. This volume collects Suchon's writings from her two worksTreatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen; or, Life without Commitments (1700)and demonstrates her originality as a philosophical and moral thinker and writer.

Author Biography

Domna C. Stanton is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Rebecca M. Wilkin is assistant professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Series Editors' Introductionp. ix
Volume Editors' Introductionp. 1
Volume Editors' Bibliographyp. 53
Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Divided into Three Parts: Freedom, Knowledge, and Authority
Editors' Introductionp. 65
Preface to the Treatisep. 73
On Freedom, Where It Is Proven That Persons of the Sex Can Possess Freedom Even Though Deprived of Itp. 87
On Knowledge: Although Deprived of Knowledge, Persons of the Sex Do Not Lack the Necessary Qualities to Gain Knowledgep. 131
On Authority: Women Can Share Authority without Deviating from the Submission They Owe to the First Sexp. 190
Elegyp. 226
On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen, or Life without Commitments
Editors' Introductionp. 229
Forewordp. 237
Definition of Celibacy, Its Differences, Properties, and Titlesp. 242
Excellency and Privileges of Celibacy and Its Parallels with the Other Two Conditionsp. 266
The Schedule, Occupations, and Virtues Most Necessary to Persons Who Live without Commitmentsp. 286
Appendix: Complete Tables of Contents of the Entire Treatise on Ethics and Politics and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosenp. 295
Glossaryp. 301
Series Editors' Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 355
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