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On the Education of Ladies for Training the Mind in the Sciences and Moral Judgment

On the Education of Ladies for Training the Mind in the Sciences and Moral Judgment

Chapter:
(p.139) On the Education of Ladies for Training the Mind in the Sciences and Moral Judgment
Source:
Three Cartesian Feminist Treatises
Author(s):
Marcelle Maistre WelchVivien Bosley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676555.003.0006

This chapter discusses François Poullain de la Barre's recorded conversations at the instigation of a very intelligent young lady who was resolved to devote herself to study, and are published for the benefit of all ladies who find themselves with a similar ambition. This is why they have been given the title, On the Education of Ladies, although they are no less useful for men. “Education” normally means the art of raising and instructing children—but one should note that one can attribute to the word a broader meaning. Now the most important principle of all is that one has to establish in men, insofar as is possible, a sovereign reason, that will enable them to judge all things sensibly and without prejudice. The chapter explores conversations of Sophia, Eulalia, Timander, and Stasimachus.

Keywords:   François Poullain, conversations, education, prejudice, Sophia, Eulalia, Timander, Stasimachus

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