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By Mary Wollstonecraft

ISBN-10: 0300176473

ISBN-13: 9780300176476

Mary Wollstonecraft’s visionary treatise, initially released in 1792, used to be the 1st e-book to offer women’s rights as a topic of common human rights. excellent for coursework and school room examine, this finished version of Wollstonecraft’s groundbreaking feminist argument contains illuminating essays by means of best students that spotlight the author’s major contributions to trendy political philosophy, creating a strong case for her as probably the most substantial political thinkers of the Enlightenment period. No different scholarly paintings up to now has tested as heavily either the ideological moorings and the long-lasting legacy of Wollstonecraft’s brave discourse.

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Eager to support his system, he stigmatizes, as vicious, every effort of genius; and, uttering the apotheosis of savage virtues, he exalts those to demi-gods, who were scarcely human—the brutal Spartans, who, in defiance of justice and gratitude, sacrificed, in cold blood, the slaves who had shewn themselves heroes to rescue their oppressors. Disgusted with artificial manners and virtues, the citizen of Geneva, instead of properly sifting the subject, threw away the wheat with the chaff, *Contrary to the opinion of anatomists, who argue by analogy from the formation of the teeth, stomach, and intestines, Rousseau will not allow a man to be a carnivorous animal.

Yet they do not lose their rank in the distinction of sexes, for they are still reckoned superior to women, though in what their superiority consists, beyond what I have just mentioned, it is difficult to discover. The great misfortune is this, that they both acquire manners before morals, and a knowledge of life before they have, from reflection, any acquaintance with the grand ideal outline of human nature. The consequence is natural; satisfied with common nature, they become a prey to prejudices, and taking all their opinions on credit, they blindly submit to authority.

It seems scarcely necessary to say, that I now speak of the sex in general. Many individuals have more sense then their male relatives; and, as nothing preponderates where there is a constant struggle for an equilibrium, without it has naturally more gravity, some women govern their husbands without degrading themselves, because intellect will always govern. This page intentionally left blank V I N D I C AT I O N OF THE RIGHTS OF WOM AN. P A RT I . This page intentionally left blank C H A P. I .

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