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The labor of the mind : intellect and gender in Enlightenment cultures

Author: Anthony J LaVopa
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2017]
Series: Intellectual history of the modern age.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did educated and cultivated men in early modern France and Britain perceive and value their own and women's cognitive capacities, and how did women in their circles challenge those perceptions, if only by revaluing the kinds of intelligence attributed to them? What was thought to distinguish the "manly mind" from the feminine mind? How did awareness of these questions inform various kinds of published and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dust jackets (Binding)
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony J LaVopa
ISBN: 9780812249286 0812249283
OCLC Number: 980525204
Description: viii, 350 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Social Aesthetic of Play in Seventeenth-Century France --
Aisance and Labor --
The Intelligence of Women --
ch. 2 Poullain de la Barre: Feminism, Radical and Polite --
Conversion --
The Mind Has No Sex --
Cartesianism for Ladies --
ch. 3 Malebranche and the Bel Esprit --
Montaigne's Sin of Style --
The Cartesian Augustinian --
Original Sin and the Labor of Attention --
The Bel Esprit --
The Author Despite Himself --
ch. 4 Love, Gallantry, and Friendship --
The Loves and Friendships of Saint-Evremond --
The Dissent of Mme de Lambert --
ch. 5 Shaftesbury's Quest for Fraternity --
The Turn to Stoicism --
The French Menace --
Friendship --
Critics, Markets, and Labor --
The Moralists --
ch. 6 The Labors of David Hume --
Writing the Treatise --
The Essayist --
The Vicissitudes of Taste --
The Philosopher and the Countess --
ch. 7 Genius and the Social: Antoine-Leonard Thomas and Suzanne Curchod Necker --
Friends --
Amphibians --
The Labor of Genius --
Gallantry Corrupted --
ch. 8 Minds Not Meeting: Denis Diderot and Louise d'Epinay --
Diderot's Paternal Voice --
Diderot's Clinical Voice --
Mme d'Epinay's Feminism.
Series Title: Intellectual history of the modern age.
Responsibility: Anthony J. La Vopa.

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The Labor of the Mind plumbs the Enlightenment's social and cultural logic of conceiving the mind as manly; considers the textual representations of the manly mind; and examines the ways in which it  Read more...

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