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François Poulain de la Barre and the invention of modern equality

Author: Siep Stuurman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"In a tour de force of intellectual history, Siep Stuurman rediscovers the remarkable early Enlightenment figure Francois de Poulain de la Barre. A dropout from theology studies at the Sorbonne, Poulain embraced the philosophy of Descartes, became convinced of the injustice and absurdity of the subjection of women, and assembled an entirely original social philosophy.
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Named Person: François Poulain de La Barre; François Poulain de La Barre; François Poulain de La Barre; François Poulain de La Barre; François Poulain de la Barre
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siep Stuurman
ISBN: 0674011856 9780674011854
OCLC Number: 1056307125
Description: x, 361 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The making of a philosopher --
The feminist impulse --
Cartesian equality --
The power of education --
Reason and authority --
Anthropology and history --
The road to Geneva --
Rational Christianity.
Responsibility: Siep Stuurman.

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"In a tour de force of intellectual history, Siep Stuurman rediscovers the remarkable early Enlightenment figure Francois de Poulain de la Barre. A dropout from theology studies at the Sorbonne, Poulain embraced the philosophy of Descartes, became convinced of the injustice and absurdity of the subjection of women, and assembled an entirely original social philosophy.

His writings challenging male supremacy and advocating gender and racial equality are the most radically egalitarian texts to appear in Europe before the French revolution."

"In exploring Poulain's breakthrough, Stuurman sheds new light on the origins of the Enlightenment, the history of feminism, the emergence of rational Christianity, and the social and political implications of Descartes's philosophy. This work, the first comprehensive study of Poulain, brings to life the men and women of the Radical Enlightenment, who pioneered ideas about equality that would shape humankind to this day."--Jacket.

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