Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes by Nancy J. Hirschmann, Joanne H. Wright

By Nancy J. Hirschmann, Joanne H. Wright

Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes features the paintings of feminist students who're centrally engaged with Hobbes’s principles and texts and who view Hobbes as a big touchstone in sleek political suggestion. Bringing jointly students from the disciplines of philosophy, historical past, political concept, and English literature who embody varied theoretical and philosophical techniques and a number feminist views, this interdisciplinary assortment goals to attract an viewers of Hobbes students and nonspecialists alike.

As a theorist whose trademark is a compelling argument for absolute sovereignty, Hobbes could appear at the start to have little to supply twenty-first-century feminist idea. but, because the participants to this assortment display, Hobbesian political suggestion presents fertile floor for feminist inquiry. certainly, in attractive Hobbes, feminist idea engages with what's maybe the clearest and so much influential articulation of the foundational innovations and ideas linked to modernity: freedom, equality, human nature, authority, consent, coercion, political legal responsibility, and citizenship.

Aside from the editors, the participants are Joanne Boucher, Karen Detlefsen, Karen eco-friendly, Wendy Gunther-Canada, Jane S. Jaquette, S. A. Lloyd, Su Fang Ng, Carole Pateman, Gordon Schochet, Quentin Skinner, and Susanne Sreedhar.

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Sharon Lloyd’s essay begins by posing the question that confronts all feminists reading Hobbes: Did women freely consent to their own subordination and, if so, why? This question was, of course, the animating source of Pateman’s (and before that, Brennan and Pateman’s) earlier work, but Lloyd’s essay will give the reader who is unfamiliar with feminism a good introduction to many of the central issues that feminists have highlighted over the past several decades and will set the stage for the articles that follow.

W. H. Contents Preface Nancy Tuana Acknowledgments Introduction: The Many Faces of “Mr. Hobs” Joanne H. Wright and Nancy J. Hirschmann 1 Hobbes, History, Politics, and Gender: A Conversation with Carole Pateman and Quentin Skinner Conducted by Nancy J. Hirschmann and Joanne H. Wright Part One: Classic Questions, New Approaches 2 Power and Sexual Subordination in Hobbes’s Political Theory S. A. Lloyd 3 Defending Liberal Feminism: Insights from Hobbes Jane S. Jaquette 4 Hobbes and the Bestial Body of Sovereignty Su Fang Ng Part Two: The Gendered Politics of Gratitude, Contract, and the Family 5 Thomas Hobbes on the Family and the State of Nature (1967) Gordon J.

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