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.
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