Political Theory

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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.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Filosofi
  • Idé- och lärdomshistoria


Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråkMary Wollstonecrafts politiska teori
Titel på värdpublikationMary Wollstonecraft in Context
RedaktörerNancy E. Johnson, Paul Keen
FörlagCambridge University Press
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781108261067
ISBN (tryckt)9781108416993
StatusPublished - 2020 jan
Peer review utfördJa

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