Cartesianism and its Feminist Promise and Limits: The Case of Mary Astell

In Catherine Wilson & Stephen Gaukroger (eds.), Descartes and Cartesianism: Essays in Honour of Desmond Clarke. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
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Karen Detlefsen
University of Pennsylvania
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In this paper, I consider Mary Astell's contributions to the history of feminism, noting her grounding in and departure from Cartesianism and its relation to women.
Keywords Astell, Mary  Descartes, Rene  women  feminism  equality  authenticity  autonomy  relational autonomy  education
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