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The Moral Sex: Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment

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This book deals with a question that currently has a great deal of resonance among historians, feminists, and literary scholars: How was the nature of women redefined and debated during the French Enlightenment? Instead of treating the Enlightenment in the usual manner, as a challenge to orthodox ideas and social conventions, Lieselotte Steinbrugge interprets it as a deviation from a position staked out in the seventeenth century, namely, "the mind has no sex." In breaking with that view, the philosophes shifted the ...

The Moral Sex: Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment 1995, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195094930

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