History of Ideas: Wollstonecraft on Sexual Politics
Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is one of the most remarkable books in the history of ideas. A classic of early feminism, it uses what’s wrong with the relationship between men and women to illustrate what’s gone wrong with politics. It’s a story of lust and power, education and revolution. David explores how Wollstonecraft’s radical challenge to the basic ideas of modern politics continues to resonate today.
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Recommended version to purchase:
- In Our Time on Mary Wollstonecraft
- Wollstonecraft in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Sylvana Tomaselli, Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020)
- Virginia Woolf on Mary Wollstonecraft
- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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