|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences|
|Editors||Dana Jalobeanu, Charles T. Wolfe|
|Place of Publication||Cham Switzerland|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Feb 2020|
Several early modern women articulate ideas about liberty in their writings, to highlight the moral dangers of their limited education and their servile dependence upon their husbands. They express their views with appeal to the concepts of freedom from external interference (negative liberty), freedom as self-determination (positive liberty), and freedom from dependence or domination (republican liberty). Many of them do so in the context of articulating wider systems of philosophy encompassing metaphysical ideas about the relationship between the mind and body, and God and his creatures. This entry discusses the metaphysical, moral, and political views of three English thinkers in particular: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Astell, and Sarah Chapone.