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A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex
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A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings

Gabrielle Suchon

Abstract

During the oppressive reign of Louis XIV, Gabrielle Suchon (1632–1703) was the most forceful female voice in France, advocating women's freedom and self-determination, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority. This book collects her writing from two works—Treatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen, or Life without Commitments (1700)—showing her to be an original philosophical and moral thinker and writer. Suchon argues that both women and men have inherently similar intellectual, corporeal, and spiritual capacities, which entitle them equally to essent ... More

Keywords: Louise XIV, Gabrielle Suchon, France, self-determination, feminism, French literature, seventeenth century, French culture, Celibate Life, Treatise on Ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226779201
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226779232.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabrielle Suchon, author