Mary Wollstonecraft and Feminist Republicanism : Independence, Rights and the Experience of Unfreedom

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Mary Wollstonecraft is a writer whose work continues to provoke scholarly debate. But Wollstonecraft the historical figure often obscures her importance as a philosopher. Halldenius explores Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy, focusing on her treatment of republicanism and independence, to propose a new way of reading her work – that of a ‘feminist republican’. Wollstonecraft’s works of fiction and non-fiction are analysed and the use of her own experience of a lack of freedom (the lot of an eighteenth-century woman) is examined as a valid line of philosophical enquiry and not – as others have viewed them – as a form of autobiography.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • Mary Wollstonecraft, freedom, liberty, independence, rights, republicanism, feminism, revolution, representation, morality, women, sex equality
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPickering & Chatto
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9781848935365
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameThe Enlightenment World

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Lena Halldenius, 2017, (Accepted/In press) Mary Wollstonecraft in Context. Johnson, N. E. & Keen, P. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

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2017 Mar 30

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2016 Nov 25

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2016 May 12

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