Women in Western Political Thought

ISBN-10: 0691158347
ISBN-13: 9780691158341
Edition: 2013 (Revised)
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Description: In this pathbreaking study of the works of Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Mill, Susan Moller Okin turns to the tradition of political philosophy that pervades Western culture and its institutions to understand why the gap between formal and real  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In this pathbreaking study of the works of Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Mill, Susan Moller Okin turns to the tradition of political philosophy that pervades Western culture and its institutions to understand why the gap between formal and real gender equality persists. Our philosophical heritage, Okin argues, largely rests on the assumption of the natural inequality of the sexes. Women cannot be included as equals within political theory unless its deep-rooted assumptions about the traditional family, its sex roles, and its relation to the wider world of political society are challenged. So long as this attitude pervades our institutions and behavior, the formal equality women have won has no chance of becoming substantive.

Debra Satz is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and author, most recently, of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets.

Introduction to the 2013 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Plato
Plato and the Greek Tradition of Misogyny
Philosopher Queens and Private Wives
Female Nature and Social Structure
Aristotle
Woman's Place and Nature in a Functionalist World
Rousseau
Rousseau and the Modern Patriarchal Tradition
The Natural Woman and Her Role
Equality and Freedom-for Men
The Fate of Rousseau's Heroines
Mill
John Stuart Mill, Liberal Feminist
Functionalism, Feminism and the Family
Women and Functionalism, Past and Present
Persons, Women, and the Law
Conclusions
Appendix to Chapter 2
Afterword to the 1992 edition
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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