Mary Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy and feminist thought were shaped by her beliefs about human nature.
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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.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Richard Price was a British philosopher who supported American Independence and the French Revolution and whose work focused on reason in ethics.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.
In this entry, McElroy outlines the feminist movement’s history and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.
The Enlightenment brought a wave of philosophical ideas, including classical liberalism, scientific progress, and social and religious tolerance.
A popular novelist as well as a political philosopher, William Godwin was one of the first influential writers on the topic of philosophical anarchism.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.