A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings

Paperback | May 1, 2010

byGabrielle Suchon

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During the oppressive reign of Louis XIV, Gabrielle Suchon (1632–1703) was the most forceful female voice in France, advocating women’s freedom and self-determination, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority. This volume collects Suchon’s writing from two works—Treatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen; or, Life without Commitments (1700)—and demonstrates her to be an original philosophical and moral thinker and writer.

Suchon argues that both women and men have inherently similar intellectual, corporeal, and spiritual capacities, which entitle them equally to essentially human prerogatives, and she displays her breadth of knowledge as she harnesses evidence from biblical, classical, patristic, and contemporary secular sources to bolster her claim. Forgotten over the centuries, these writings have been gaining increasing attention from feminist historians, students of philosophy, and scholars of seventeenth-century French literature and culture. This translation, from Domna C. Stanton and Rebecca M. Wilkin, marks the first time these works will appear in English.

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During the oppressive reign of Louis XIV, Gabrielle Suchon (1632–1703) was the most forceful female voice in France, advocating women’s freedom and self-determination, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority. This volume collects Suchon’s writing from two works—Treatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Fre...

Domna C. Stanton is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Rebecca M. Wilkin is assistant professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226779211

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Series Editors' Introduction

Volume Editors' Introduction

Volume Editors’ Bibliography

I Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Divided into Three Parts:

Freedom, Knowledge, and Authority

Editors’ Introduction

Preface to the Treatise

From Part I, On Freedom, Where It Is Proven That Persons of the Sex Can Possess Freedom Even Though Deprived of It

From Part II, On Knowledge: Although Deprived of Knowledge, Persons of the Sex Do Not Lack the Necessary Qualities to Gain Knowledge

From Part III, On Authority: Women Can Share Authority without Deviating from the Submission They Owe to the First Sex

Elegy

II On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen, or Life without Commitments

Editors’ Introduction

Foreword

From Book I, Defi nition of Celibacy, Its Differences, Properties, and Titles

From Book II, Excellency and Privileges of Celibacy and Its Parallels with the Other Two Conditions

From Book III, The Schedule, Occupations, and Virtues Most Necessary to Persons Who Live without Commitments

Appendix: Complete Tables of Contents of the Entire Treatise on Ethics and Politics and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen

Glossary

Series Editor's Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“The material content of this volume—on study and reading as the basis of intellectual life, and on the place of women outside of more traditional roles in the Ancien Régime--is of use to scholars, not just students. The translation itself is eloquent, and the work it recovers reflects a unique perspective on gender in the age of Louis XIV. The introductory essay places this important contribution into biographical and cultural perspective and clarifies a number of aspects of Suchon’s philosophy. The notes do a good job of handling the translation issues that necessarily arise in an endeavor such as this.”