The first volume to explore comprehensively the intersection of feminism, politics, and philosophy, Women in Political Theory sheds light on the contributions of women philosophers and theorists to contemporary political thought. With close attention to the work of five central thinkers-Sarah Grimke, Anna Julia Cooper, Jane Addams, Rosa Luxemburg and Hannah Arendt-this book not only offers sustained analyses of the thought of these leading figures, but also examines their relationship with established political theorists of the past, such as Locke, Machiavelli, and the ancients. Demonstrating that each of the figures covered was indeed a political theorist of her time, whilst highlighting the strength of her thought and the reasons for which it has not been accorded the attention that it merits, Women in Political Theory offers a fascinating overview of the political thought of five theorists whose work is central to an understanding of modern thought. As such, it will be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, philosophy, political and social theory, feminist thought, and gender studies.
Jane Duran is a Lecturer in Black Studies at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. She is author of Women, Philosophy and Literature; Eight Women Philosophers; Philosophies of Science: Feminist Theories; Towards a Feminist Epistemology; Worlds of Knowing; Knowledge in Context; and Epistemics.
Contents: Preface; Part I Commencing the Project: An overview. Part II 19th Century Thought:Sarah Grimke and politics; The feminist Grimke; Anna Julia Cooper and color; Cooper, gender, and politics. Part III Politics and the 20th Century: Jane Addams's work; Reading Addams and feminism; Radicalism and Luxemburg; A new look at Luxemburg; Arendt as philosopher; Women and Arendt. Part IV Final Views: Concluding the project; Index.