The Equality of Men and Women

Eileen O'Neill

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Equality of Men and Women

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This article explores the debate on the equality of men and women in early modern Europe. It suggests that both scepticism and Cartesianism provided new arguments to establish the equal capabilities and entitlements of women and men. In this debate, traditional metaphysics was seen once again to support prejudices rather than evidence-based arguments. This article describes some of the most prominent feminist works during this period, including those of Anne Thérèse de Lambert, Gabrielle Suchon, François Poullain De La Barre, and Marie De Gournay.

Keywords: men and women; equality; Europe; early modern period; scepticism; Cartesianism; metaphysics; feminist work; Gabrielle Suchon; Marie De Gournay

Article.  14442 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Feminist Philosophy

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