The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue

2016.05.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jacqueline Broad, The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $70.00
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2016.05.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jacqueline Broad, The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198716815. Reviewed by Penny Weiss, St. Louis University It is hard to believe that it was only in 1986 that the first two modern books on Mary Astell were published, one a biography, the other a collection of complete and excerpted works. In the 30 years since, all of Astell's major writings have been made available, several with substantive introductions, and three monographs, an anthology of critical essays, and dozens of academic articles from multiple disciplines have been published. We can now add to the growing list this book by Jacqueline Broad, who has mastered and engages with all of this primary and secondary literature. Broad is the first to read Astell's texts as parts of "a united and consistent" (5) philosophical system with a moral theory at its. . .

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