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The Story of Mary of Bethany: Heartbrokenness and Shame

Eleonore Stump

in Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199277421
eISBN:
9780191594298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Mary of Bethany is an exemplar of a person who suffers shame and heartbreak, if the story of the raising of Lazarus, in which she and her sister Martha figure largely, is understood in a certain way. ... More


The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue

Jacqueline Broad

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716815
eISBN:
9780191785382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716815.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Mary Astell (1666–1731) is best known today as one of the earliest English feminists. This book sheds new light on her writings by interpreting her first and foremost as a moral philosopher—as ... More


Marriage, Slavery, and the Merger of Wills: Responses to Sprint, 1700–01

Jacqueline Broad

in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198810261
eISBN:
9780191847301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810261.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter examines three seventeenth-century feminist critiques of the misogynist pamphleteer John Sprint (fl. 1699–1700). It demonstrates that an ideal of freedom as rational ... More


Mary Astell on Liberty

Alice Sowaal

in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198810261
eISBN:
9780191847301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810261.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter deals with a form of lack of liberty that Astell identifies as plaguing women, namely slavery to our passions and other internal features of our selves. It argues that Astell takes an ... More


Liberty and Feminism in Early Modern Women’s Writing

Karen Detlefsen

in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198810261
eISBN:
9780191847301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810261.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter shows how Mary Astell and Margaret Cavendish can reasonably be understood as early feminists in three senses of the term. First, they are committed to the natural equality of men and ... More


Mary Wollstonecraft and Freedom as Independence

Lena Halldenius

in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198810261
eISBN:
9780191847301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810261.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter demonstrates how Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97) uses feminist principles to modify and adapt the republican ideal of freedom as the absence of domination or dependence. It shows that, ... More


Liberty of Mind: Women Philosophers and the Freedom to Philosophize

Sarah Hutton

in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198810261
eISBN:
9780191847301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810261.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter demonstrates how early modern male and female thinkers alike were concerned not only with ethical, religious, and political liberty, but also with the liberty to philosophize, or ... More


Cartesianism and Its Feminist Promise and Limits: The Case of Mary Astell

Karen Detlefsen

in Descartes and Cartesianism: Essays in Honour of Desmond Clarke

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198779643
eISBN:
9780191824692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779643.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses the moral and educational philosophy of Mary Astell (1666–1731), who took the Cartesian project—especially the dualism and championing of rational thought at its core—as ... More


Introduction

Jacqueline Broad

in The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716815
eISBN:
9780191785382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716815.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The early modern philosopher Mary Astell aimed to bring about a moral and intellectual awakening in her fellow women so that they might attain excellence of character and true and lasting happiness. ... More


Knowledge

Jacqueline Broad

in The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716815
eISBN:
9780191785382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716815.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Mary Astell’s theory of knowledge is designed to give women those necessary habits of mind, or the mental dispositions, to attain virtue and happiness. This chapter explains that theory. It provides ... More


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