Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

2016.11.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alice Sowaal and Penny A. Weiss (eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016,
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2016.11.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alice Sowaal and Penny A. Weiss (eds.), Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016, 229pp., $44.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780271071251. Reviewed by Patricia Sheridan, University of Guelph This volume is a welcome addition to the historical scholarship on Mary Astell, offering papers that explore the philosophical significance of this undeservedly overlooked thinker. What makes this collection especially engaging is its very topical exploration of Astell's feminism, finding in her a treatment of diverse but related issues including gendered power relations, self-esteem and women's empowerment, trauma and its effects, anti-essentialism, and systematized gender discrimination. Though each paper stands alone, together they form a unified impression of Astell's thought. The reader gains an appreciation of Astell's philosophical commitments and the systematic interplay of her ethics,. . .

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