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The Woman of Reason: Feminism, Humanism and Political Thought

ISBN: 978-0-7456-1449-6
224 pages
May 1995, Polity
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This is a timely re-appraisal of feminist political thinkers and their male contemporaries, providing a re-evaluation of feminist humanism.
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Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. Against Feminist Anti-Humanism.

2. Women of Virtue.

3. Hobbes, Amazons and Sabine Women.

4. Virtuous Women and the Citizen of Geneva.

5. The Female Citizen.

6. Socialism, Sex and Savage Society.

7. Flight from the Other.

8. Reason, Femininity, Love and Morality.

Index.

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Karen Green is a lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University, Australia.
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  • A timely re-appraisal of feminist political thinkers and their male contemporaries
  • The book critically examines feminist critiques of rationality and liberalism, and provides a re-evaluation of feminist humanism
  • It traces the history of feminist ideas back to the 15th century
  • Provides a compelling argument for equal female and male political representation.
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'The Woman of Reason is an imaginative and compelling commentary on the origins and role of feminism in contributing to a more egalitarian and caring world. This clear-headed, humane and controversial book deserves consideration and discussion by everyone concerned with the ways in which forms of knowledge can contribute to the oppression or the liberation of people, women in particular.'
UCG Women's Studies Centre Review

'The insistence on women's history and their participation in the construction of culture and society is a welcome antidote to accounts of universal oppression.' Women's Philosophy Review

'The book stands as a provocative contribution to liberal feminist political theory, which is likely to generate ongoing debate.' Australasian Journal of Philosophy

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