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.
|Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråk||Mary Wollstonecrafts politiska teori|
|Titel på värdpublikation||Mary Wollstonecraft in Context|
|Redaktörer||Nancy E. Johnson, Paul Keen|
|Förlag||Cambridge University Press|
|Status||Published - 2020 jan|
|Peer review utförd||Ja|
, Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays.
Broad, J. & Detlefsen, K. (red.). Oxford University Press
, 19 s.
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