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Author Broad, Jacqueline, author
Title The philosophy of Mary Astell : an early modern theory of virtue / Jacqueline Broad
Imprint Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
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 RCHSS Library  H1595.A7 B76 2015    AVAILABLE    30560400458508
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  144.3 A853/ B863    AVAILABLE    30580003267932
Edition First edition
Descript vi, 205 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Mary Astell (1666-1731) is best known today as one of the earliest English feminists. She is also known as a Tory political pamphleteer, an Anglican apologist, an eloquent rhetorician, and an educational theorist. In this book, Jacqueline Broad interprets Astell first and foremost as a moral philosopher, or as someone committed to providing guidance on how best to live and how to attain happiness. The central claim of this work is that all the different strands of Astell's thought-her theory of knowledge, her metaphysics, her philosophy of the passions, her feminist vision, and her conservative political views-are best understood in light of her ethical objectives. To demonstrate this, Broad examines Astell's major writings and traces her programme to bring about a moral transformation of character in her fellow women. This programme draws on several key aspects of seventeenth-century philosophy, including Cartesian and Neoplatonist epistemologies, proofs for the existence of God, arguments for the immaterial soul, and theories about how to regulate the passions in accordance with reason.-- Source other than Library of Congress
Subject Astell, Mary, 1668-1731 -- Criticism and interpretation
Philosophy -- England -- History -- 17th century
Astell, Mary, 1668-1731. fast (OCoLC)fst00113950
Virtue. fast (OCoLC)fst01167712
Women philosophers. fast (OCoLC)fst01178286
England. fast (OCoLC)fst01219920
Criticism, interpretation, etc. fast (OCoLC)fst01411635
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