“While there are any number of volumes of collected essays on feminist theory, none is organized like this to take up, chronologically, the most significant writers of the Western tradition. Moreover, none, to my knowledge, brings together historically oriented essays of this quality. In short, it has no competition. The volume could also be used, extremely usefully, in any graduate or advanced undergraduate course on the Western tradition. It is a real gem.”
—Jane Mansbridge, Northwestern University
From the Back Cover
This volume brings together exciting and provocative new feminist readings of famous classic and contemporary texts from Plato to Rawls. The feminist scholars focus on neglected arguments and silences in the texts and raise fundamentally important questions about the significance of sexual difference in the great works of political theory. A wide diversity of feminist approaches and theoretical frameworks are represented, forming a rich variety of interpretations and argument about such questions as the patriarchal construction of central political categories, the relation between public and private life, and the problem of equality and difference, including differences among women.
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