- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag (November 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3849681041
- ISBN-13: 978-3849681043
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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A Vindication of the Rights of Men Paperback – November 18, 2016
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It is certainly worth reading. It is a polemical response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, defending the course of that revolution on 'Whiggish' principles. I was frankly hoping that "18th Century Radicals" would be a little more libertarian than 20th or 21st Century bearers of the torch, but Mary W. would fit right in progressive circles today.
Here is an interesting quote (addressed to Burke), illustrative of her 18th Century style (and spelling):
"... The many sensible remarks and pointed observations which you have mixed with opinions that strike at our dearest interests, fortify those opinions, and give them a degree of strength that render them formidable to the wise, and convincing to the superficial. It is impossible to read half a dozen pages of your book without admiring your ingenuity, or indignantly spurning your sophisms. Words are heaped on words, till the understanding is confused by endeavouring to disentangle the sense, and the memory by tracing contradictions. After observing a host of these contradictions, it can scarcely be a breach of charity to think that you have often sacrificed your sincerity to enforce your favourite arguments, and called in your judgment to adjust the arrangement of words that could not convey its dictates."
Note: this review was posted 07/19/2014, to replace an earlier review.