Mary Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy and feminist thought were shaped by her beliefs about human nature.
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Richard Price was a British philosopher who supported American Independence and the French Revolution and whose work focused on reason in ethics.
A popular novelist as well as a political philosopher, William Godwin was one of the first influential writers on the topic of philosophical anarchism.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.
The Enlightenment brought a wave of philosophical ideas, including classical liberalism, scientific progress, and social and religious tolerance.
In this entry, McElroy outlines the feminist movement’s history and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.
“Joseph Priestley here, too, speaks for his age, for his religious brethren, and for his class.”
“Paine spoke for the governed against the government and for the living rather than the dead. At best he saw government as only a small part of society.”
One of the most highly-regarded historians of 19th-century America gives his contribution to the Literature of Liberty.
Mary Wollstonecraft was an outspoken advocate for equal rights for men and women and individualism.
Knight explores twin themes in libertarian history: Revolution and Romanticism.
Feminism is part of an interlocking family of movements aimed at human liberation, and indeed helping to achieve it, albeit in fits and starts.
Novak reviews Charlotte Gordon’s book Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
Libertarian feminism can help one see the dangers of patriarchy and the futility of statist intervention at once.
Legal and cultural changes allowing women to own property and participate in the market as entrepreneurs contributed to the Great Enrichment.
A brief history of the libertarian roots of feminism, and an introduction to a rotating column discussing libertarian feminism.
Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.