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Discussion: Mary Wollstonecraft (Anja Steinbauer)

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) was undeniably one of the most outstanding figures of her time. Claiming that "the being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason", she embodies in many ways the ideals of the Enlightenment. Courageous, fiercely intelligent and articulate, she effectively challenged the ideas of many of the famous minds around her, including Edmund Burke. Defender of the French Revolution, pioneer for the rights of women and mother to Mary Shelly, her influence on our culture can hardly be overestimated.

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  • Lucy

    Thank you so much, I will follow these up. I think I read the Claire Tomalin many years ago!

    Best wishes


    February 12, 2014

  • Lucy

    I also would like to know more about the her thought within the extraordinary context of the time. Does any one know any good introductory texts to follow this excellent introduction?

    February 9, 2014

    • Richard B.

      You might like to try these, which are both serious academic works:

      Karen O'Brien, Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain

      Claudia L. Johnson (editor), The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft

      February 9, 2014

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    A former member

    It was really interesting, detailed, lively, I loved it. I wanted to say something but I missed the opportunity : when men and women and not equal (in status) in good logic, we are equally unequal. Some are not more unequal than others !
    So even though it may be more comfortable for men to have the upper hand (when they have) as a result we are equally alienated. That's my point, no every feminist like it. I don't like the word feminism. There is only the feminine in it. If I was a Taoist, I wouldn't be a Yinist or a Yangist ! And last thing I wish to share is that I found a book written by Elisabeth Badinter - A French feminist - about masculine identity enlightening ! We -men- need that we have difficulties to adapt to the evolution of gender roles, and in absence of acknowledgement there won't be acknowledgment back. That's all for now, thank you, cheers !

    February 8, 2014

  • terence f.

    well presented and informative with good audience participation,

    February 8, 2014

  • Magda

    Yes, I will do my best to make it.

    February 8, 2014

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