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Faculty Book: Domna Stanton, ed.

Domna Stanton and Rebecca M. Wilkin, eds.

Gabrielle Suchon, A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings
(University of Chicago Press, 2010)

During the oppressive reign of Louis XIV, Gabrielle Suchon (1623–1703) was the most forceful female voice in France, advocating women’s freedom and self-determination, access to knowledge, and assertion of authority. This volume collects Suchon’s writing from two works—Treatise on Ethics and Politics (1693) and On the Celibate Life Freely Chosen; or, Life without Commitments (1700)—and demonstrates 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 essentially human prerogatives, and she displays her breadth of knowledge as she harnesses evidence from biblical, classical, patristic, and contemporary secular sources to bolster her claim. Forgotten over the centuries, Suchon’s writings have begun gaining more attention; this translation marks the first time they have appeared in English. Coeditor and cotranslator Domna Stanton is a distinguished professor of French at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 1, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, French