Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Women, Imagination and the Search for Truth in Early Modern France - Women and Gender in the Early Modern World (Hardback)
  • Women, Imagination and the Search for Truth in Early Modern France - Women and Gender in the Early Modern World (Hardback)
zoom

Women, Imagination and the Search for Truth in Early Modern France - Women and Gender in the Early Modern World (Hardback)

(author)
£71.99
Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 28/11/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Grounded in medical, juridical, and philosophical texts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France, this innovative study tells the story of how the idea of woman contributed to the emergence of modern science. Rebecca Wilkin focuses on the contradictory representations of women from roughly the middle of the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth, and depicts this period as one filled with epistemological anxiety and experimentation. She shows how skeptics, including Montaigne, Marie de Gournay, and Agrippa von Nettesheim, subverted gender hierarchies and/or blurred gender difference as a means of questioning the human capacity to find truth; while "positivists" who strove to establish new standards of truth, for example Johann Weyer, Jean Bodin, and Guillaume du Vair, excluded women from the search for truth. The book constitutes a reevaluation of the legacy of Cartesianism for women, as Wilkin argues that Descartes' opening of the search for truth "even to women" was part of his appropriation of skeptical arguments. This book challenges scholars to revise deeply held notions regarding the place of women in the early modern search for truth, their role in the development of rational thought, and the way in which intellectuals of the period dealt with the emergence of an influential female public.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780754661382
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 638 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 16 mm

You may also be interested in...

At Home
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Golden Thread
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Guns, Germs and Steel
Added to basket
Women & Power
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Paperback
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Added to basket
The Great Romantic
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
How Democracies Die
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Lady in Waiting
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
The Man in the Red Coat
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Chernobyl
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Stasiland
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The National Trust Book of Scones
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.