Liberty, Women on

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences
EditorsDana Jalobeanu, Charles T. Wolfe
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319207919
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2020

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