Penny A. Weiss offers a collection of essays that are either constructed dialogues, letters, or discussions about voice and silencing. Conversation emerges as both a theory and a method of feminist political inquiry and practice. The most vocal participants in Weiss' conversations are historical political thinkers both within the Western canon (Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau) and beyond its confines (Astell, Coopers, Wollstonecraft, de Pizan).
Penny A. Weiss is associate professor of political science at Purdue University. She is the author of Gendered Community: Rousseau, Sex, and Politics and the co-editor, with Marilyn Friedman, of Feminism and Community.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Conversation as Method Chapter 3 "I'm Not a Feminist, But ... ": Popular Myths about Feminism Chapter 4 Toward Theories of Antifeminism: Judicial and Congressional Defenses of Sexual Differentiation Chapter 5 Plato's Republic as Male Dialogue: A Case Study of Gender Exclusivity in Political Theory Chapter 6 Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft: A(live) Conversation Chapter 7 Asking Questions about Women: Comparing Feminist and Nonfeminist Political Theories Chapter 8 Feminism and Communitarianism: Comparing Critiques of Liberalism Chapter 9 Reversals as a Way of Seeing Chapter 10 Remembering the Lady: A Letter to Abigail Adams Chapter 11 Thomas versus Hill: Rethinking My Commentary in Light of Writings by African American Feminists Chapter 12 (S)Mothering/Profess(or)ing: Taling to Myself Chapter 13 Index