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The Moral Sex

Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment



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The Moral Sex by Lieselotte Steinbrugge
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This book deals with a question that currently has a great deal of resonance among historians, feminists, and literary scholars: How was the nature of women redefined and debated during the French Enlightenment? Instead of treating the Enlightenment in the usual manner, as a challenge to orthodox ideas and social conventions, Lieselotte Steinbrugge interprets it as a deviation from a position staked out in the seventeenth century, namely, "the mind has no sex." In breaking with that view, the philosophes shifted the debate to categories like morality and sensitivity and took up economic issues as well. They inadvertently backed women into the corner of domesticity, where middle-class women remained for some time to come."
Release date Australia
August 1st, 1995
Translated by Pamela E. Selwyn
Country of Publication
United States
Oxford University Press Inc
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