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Political Theory

Halldenius, Lena LU (2020) p.182-188
Abstract
Is there a political theory in Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings? The question is relevant since Wollstonecraft’s main preoccupation was moral rather than political: the duty of every thinking person to strive to make themselves as good as they can be. This is a complex duty, involving independent thought, acting on principles of reason, and making oneself useful to others. The challenge involved in this endeavor is a recurrent theme in most of what she wrote. The idiosyncrasies of Wollstonecraft’s political theory are partially a reaction to republican principles but from within republican commitments. I analyse some of the features that make her republicanism distinctive: the moral ends of government, her suspicion of the republican trope... (More)
Is there a political theory in Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings? The question is relevant since Wollstonecraft’s main preoccupation was moral rather than political: the duty of every thinking person to strive to make themselves as good as they can be. This is a complex duty, involving independent thought, acting on principles of reason, and making oneself useful to others. The challenge involved in this endeavor is a recurrent theme in most of what she wrote. The idiosyncrasies of Wollstonecraft’s political theory are partially a reaction to republican principles but from within republican commitments. I analyse some of the features that make her republicanism distinctive: the moral ends of government, her suspicion of the republican trope of “the people”, and her conflicted views on revolution. I conclude with her critique of hierarchies of privilege and wealth. (Less)
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Mary Wollstonecrafts politiska teori
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published
subject
keywords
Mary Wollstonecraft, political theory, political freedom, feminism, republicanism
host publication
Mary Wollstonecraft in Context
editor
Johnson, Nancy E. ; Keen, Paul ; and
pages
182 - 188
publisher
Cambridge University Press
ISBN
9781108416993
9781108261067
DOI
10.1017/9781108261067.021
project
Mary Wollstonecraft and Feminist Republicanism
language
English
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yes
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5ce36902-ba3e-4673-849b-f57f9325f718
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2018-01-29 11:49:06
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2020-02-06 13:53:20
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  abstract     = {Is there a political theory in Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings? The question is relevant since Wollstonecraft’s main preoccupation was moral rather than political: the duty of every thinking person to strive to make themselves as good as they can be. This is a complex duty, involving independent thought, acting on principles of reason, and making oneself useful to others. The challenge involved in this endeavor is a recurrent theme in most of what she wrote. The idiosyncrasies of Wollstonecraft’s political theory are partially a reaction to republican principles but from within republican commitments. I analyse some of the features that make her republicanism distinctive: the moral ends of government, her suspicion of the republican trope of “the people”, and her conflicted views on revolution. I conclude with her critique of hierarchies of privilege and wealth. },
  author       = {Halldenius, Lena},
  booktitle    = {Mary Wollstonecraft in Context},
  editor       = {Johnson, Nancy E. and Keen, Paul},
  isbn         = {9781108416993},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {182--188},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  title        = {Political Theory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108261067.021},
  doi          = {10.1017/9781108261067.021},
  year         = {2020},
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