Theorist of Freedom from Domination
By (author) Patricia Springborg
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Mary Astell by Patricia Springborg
Book DescriptionPhilosopher, theologian, educational theorist, feminist and political pamphleteer, Mary Astell was an important figure in the history of ideas of the early modern period. Among the first systematic critics of John Locke's entire corpus, she is best known for the famous question which prefaces her Reflections on Marriage: 'If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?' She is claimed by modern Republican theorists and feminists alike but, as a Royalist High Church Tory, the peculiar constellation of her views sits uneasily with modern commentators. Patricia Springborg's study addresses these apparent paradoxes, recovering the historical and philosophical contexts to her thought. She shows that Astell was not alone in her views; rather, she was part of a cohort of early modern women philosophers who were important for the reception of Descartes and who grappled with the existential problems of a new age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521841047
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patricia Springborg
Mary Astell, Paperback (September 2012)
This study recovers the historical and philosophical contexts for Mary Astell's thought.
Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's 'Leviathan', Hardback (July 2007)
A new departure in Hobbes scholarship, this is the first systematic topic-by-topic treatment of his masterpiece, Leviathan.
Astell: Political Writings, Paperback (October 1996)
First modern edition of three works by an important female political theorist.
Western Republicanism and the Oriental Prince, Hardback (June 1992)» View all books by Patricia Springborg
A re-examination of both the traditional theories of western democracy and the stereotypical accounts of oriental despotism. The author draws on archaeological evidence as well as more recent historical material and provides a new interpretation of the origins of contemporary political thought.
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Author Biography - Patricia Springborg
Patricia Springborg received her first degrees in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and her doctorate from Oxford University. She has taught political science in New Zealand, and as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, and held a personal chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney before being appointed professor ordinario in the School of Economics of the Free University, Bolzano. Elected to the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences in 1999, she has been a stipendiary fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and was the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award in International Peace and Security, taken up at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. As a political theorist she works across a wide field, from political economy (The Problem of Human Needs, 1981), to theory of the state (Royal Persons, 1990), Orientalism (Western Republicanism and the Oriental Prince, Cambridge University Press, 1992), and the history of political thought. She is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and co-editor of the first English translation and critical edition of Thomas Hobbes's long Latin poem 'Historia Ecclesiastica'. She has published articles in journals such as The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Political Studies, the Journal for the History of Political Thought and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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