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A Serious Proposal to the Ladies - (Broadview Literary Texts) by Mary Astell (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Philosophy

Series Title: Broadview Literary Texts

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Broadview Press Inc

Author: Mary Astell

Language: English

Street Date: March 21, 2002
TCIN: 77902494
UPC: 9781551113067
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-5979

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"Patricia Springborg has given us a thoroughly contextualized edition of Mary Astell's A Serious Proposal to the Ladies: Parts I and II. Her explanatory annotations as well as her knowledgeable exposition of Astell's philosophical positions make available again these landmark texts...and the well-chosen supplementary materials demonstrate Astell's immediate impact on the intellectual circles of late seventeenth-century London." -- Ruth Perry, MIT

"This new edition of Astell's A Serious Proposal offers readers welcome access to the eloquence, argumentative skill, and wit of Astell's powerful defense of women's education and of their intellectual abilities." -- Martine Watson Brownley, Emory University

"Springborg's introduction clearly places Astell's work in the context of two important early eighteenth-century crosscurrents, the 'woman' question and the debate over empirical rationalism. She grounds Astell's writings in the tradition of imagining intellectual communities of and for women but Springborg also usefully sets them in the context of the larger philosophical debates over Locke's epistemology of environmental conditioning and psychological sensationalism. Thus, Astell takes her place again among the voices of the Cambridge Platonists and the supporters of the Port Royal School in this defining debate touching education and politics, both national and domestic. The inclusion of four appendices (Drake's "Essay in Defence of the Female Sex," Defoe's "An Essay upon Projects," and two essays from the Tatler commenting on Astell) make this a splendid package." -- Margaret J.M. Ezell, Texas A & M University

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