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University of Guelph
Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2111
Linda Hunter

November 7, 2012 Midterm Information… - Early French Enlightenment - Montesquieu - Voltaire - The British Enlightenment and theorists include in the British Enlightenment, Smith, Macaulay, and Wollstonecraft, the Later French Enlightenment, and the material on the French Revolution and the Sociological Implications that we are going to be covering up until the midterm IV Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) Introduction and Background - “liberty is the mother of virtue” - first major feminist theorist in this course - was not rich financially – but did possess richness in her intellectual abilities - London, England – place of birth - Established an all girls school - She developed a real school about liberal thinking and absorbed all philosophies of John Locke and other great theorists at the time - School due to lack of funds was eventually shut down - She had a renewed sense of purpose – took these ideas and published two books - “not only the virtue, but the knowledge of the two sexes should be the same in nature” - turned to writing for her living – translated many different languages from greater writers - attacked in her lifetime – ignored in her death - two attempted suicides - very much seen as a threat to the women of Victorian England – she was not the social norm – she was scandalous - too much focus on white men – lack of opportunity for women - o Impact of books was great  Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1786)  Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)  She complained that was all about great white men of power and wealth, not the common person – goes back to Chardin – painting average people in domestic environments  Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)  Sparked a lot of controversy of intelligence, rights and laws and social standing of women at t
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