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The Philosophy of Mary AstellAn Early Modern Theory of Virtue$
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Jacqueline Broad

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716815.001.0001

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(p.167) 9 Conclusion
The Philosophy of Mary Astell

Jacqueline Broad

Oxford University Press

At first glance, Mary Astell’s moral theology appears to be far removed from present-day feminist philosophical concerns. This final chapter highlights those aspects of Astell’s ethical thought that could hold interest and relevance for feminist philosophers today. It concludes that there are significant implications for writing Astell back into the history of philosophy. Her work shows (i) that recent feminist philosophizing about moral freedom has a strong historical precedent in the early modern period; and (ii) that when we incorporate a woman’s thought into intellectual history, that history need not be seen as a narrative of stereotypically masculine concepts and theories.

Keywords:   Mary Astell, history of philosophy, intellectual history, masculine stereotypes, moral freedom

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