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By Mary Wollstonecraft

ISBN-10: 0300176473

ISBN-13: 9780300176476

Mary Wollstonecraft’s visionary treatise, initially released in 1792, used to be the 1st e-book to provide women’s rights as a subject matter of common human rights. perfect for coursework and school room learn, this accomplished version of Wollstonecraft’s groundbreaking feminist argument contains illuminating essays via major students that spotlight the author’s major contributions to fashionable political philosophy, creating a robust case for her as the most major political thinkers of the Enlightenment period. No different scholarly paintings up to now has tested as heavily either the ideological moorings and the long-lasting legacy of Wollstonecraft’s brave discourse.

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But can the crude fruit of casual observation, never brought to the test of judgment, formed by comparing speculation and experience, deserve such a distinction? Soldiers, as well as women, practise the minor virtues with punctilious politeness. Where is then the sexual difference, when the 50 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman education has been the same? All the difference that I can discern, arises from the superior advantage of liberty, which enables the former to see more of life. It is wandering from my present subject, perhaps, to make a political remark; but, as it was produced naturally by the train of my reflections, I shall not pass it silently over.

A man of sense may only have a cast of countenance that wears off as you trace his individuality, whilst the weak, common man has scarcely ever any character, but what belongs to the body; at least, all his opinions have been so steeped in the vat consecrated by authority, that the faint spirit which the grape of his own vine yields cannot be distinguished. Society, therefore, as it becomes more enlightened, should be very careful not to establish bodies of men who must necessarily be made foolish or vicious by the very constitution of their profession.

Which must be mutual, in proportion due Giv’n and receiv’d; but in disparity The one intense, the other still remiss Cannot well suit with either, but soon prove Tedious alike: of fellowship I speak Such as I seek, fit to participate All rational delight— In treating, therefore, of the manners of women, let us, disregarding sensual arguments, trace what we should endeavour to make them in order to co-operate, if the expression be not too bold, with the supreme Being. By individual education, I mean, for the sense of the word is not precisely defined, such an attention to a child as will slowly sharpen the senses, form the temper, regulate the passions as they begin to ferment, and set the understanding to work before the body arrives at maturity; so that the man may only have to proceed, not to begin, the important task of learning to think and reason.

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