Women and Men Political Theorists is a rich and insightful collection of essays that restores important works to the arena of modern political theory and debate. Organized by theme, the book pairs up lesser-known figures with canonical writers, to produce a unique historical dialogue. The perspectives of Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, and African American writers like Maria W. Stewart and Anna Julia Cooper answer issues raised by Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and other classical theorists. The editor's fresh approach sheds new light on traditional and feminist concepts. Her substantial critical introductions, biographical material, and bibliographies provide an indispensable resource for students and researchers.
Kristin Waters is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State College and Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She has published in the areas of social and political philosophy, feminist ethics and epistemology, and the history of ideas.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Sources of Political Authority. Introduction. 1. The Second Treatise of Government (John Locke) 2. A Serious Proposal to the Ladies/Some Reflections upon Marriage/An Impartial Enquiry into the Causes of rebellion and Civil War/The Christian Religion (Mary Astell) Part II: Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. Introduction. 3. Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau) 4. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft) Part III: Conservation or Revolution as the Path to Democratic Change. Introduction. 5. Reflections on the Revolution in France (Edmund Burke) 6. A Vindication of the Rights of Men (Mary Wollsteoncraft) Part IV: Federalism and Anti-Federalism. Introduction. 7. The Federalist (James Madison) 8. Observations on the New Constitution (Mercy Otis Warren) Part V: Thoughts on Minority Rights and Liberty - From Servitude to Privilege. Introduction. 9. Writings and Addresses (Maria W. Stewart) 10. On Liberty (John Stuart Mill) Part VI: Abolitionism, Socialism, and Feminism. Introduction. 11. Writings and Addresses (Frederick Douglass) 12. The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx) 13. Woman, Church, and State (Matilda Joslyn Gage) Part VII: From Utilitarianism to Womanist Theory. Introduction. 14. Utilitarianism (John Stuart Mill) 15. A Voice from the South, By a Black Woman of the South (Anna Julia Cooper) Bibliography. Index.