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Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Divided Into Three Parts: Freedom, Knowledge, and Authority

in A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226779201
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226779232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226779232.003.0003
Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Divided Into Three Parts: Freedom, Knowledge, and Authority

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In her Treatise on Ethics and Politics, Gabrielle Suchon strongly condemns the theories and practices that conspire to keep women from actualizing freedom, acquiring knowledge, and exercising authority. She argues that women are fully capable of benefiting from all three and that denying them these attributes is tantamount to contradicting God's will, natural law, and human reason. Suchon paints a stark picture of the misery of women, but also provides a justification for their “advancement” that is grounded in the thought of Aristotle and the theology of the Catholic Church. She treats “the woman question” in her own original manner. This chapter presents an English translation of the Treatise on Ethics and Politics, divided into three parts dealing with freedom, knowledge, and authority, and also includes an elegy about women.

Keywords: Treatise on Ethics; actualizing freedom; knowledge; authority; Gabrielle Suchon; women; woman question; Aristotle; Catholic Church; elegy about women

Chapter.  82414 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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