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The First Wave of Feminism: Were the Stoics Feminists?

Hill, L

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The Hellenistic Schools of Epicureanism, Cynicism and Stoicism are considered to constitute the first, albeit modest, wave of feminism. But the question: 'Were the Stoics Feminists?' has attracted little attention due to a paucity of available evidence. What this paper attempts is a comprehensive treatment of the subject. In particular it addresses two distinct claims that have been made about the Stoic attitude to women. The first claim (advanced by Sarah Pomeroy) challenges the view that the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHill, L
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:24:39Z
dc.date.available2015-12-10T23:24:39Z
dc.identifier.issn0143-781X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/67284
dc.description.abstractThe Hellenistic Schools of Epicureanism, Cynicism and Stoicism are considered to constitute the first, albeit modest, wave of feminism. But the question: 'Were the Stoics Feminists?' has attracted little attention due to a paucity of available evidence. What this paper attempts is a comprehensive treatment of the subject. In particular it addresses two distinct claims that have been made about the Stoic attitude to women. The first claim (advanced by Sarah Pomeroy) challenges the view that the Stoics were thoroughgoing feminists. The second (advanced by C.E. Manning) is that, given the Stoic fixation on social duty, women's relegation to the domestic sphere is a consistent Stoic position. It is argued that Stoicism was fundamentally committed to the emancipation of women even though many of its proponents were inconsistent feminists. This inconsistency put them at odds with Stoicism's avowed mission to provide a critique of social convention and to promote the ideals of the cosmopolis.
dc.publisherImprint Academic
dc.sourceHistory of Political Thought
dc.subjectKeywords: Ancient Greek Philosophy; Females; Feminism; Political Philosophy; Social Philosophy; Womens Rights
dc.titleThe First Wave of Feminism: Were the Stoics Feminists?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolumeXXII
dc.date.issued2001
local.identifier.absfor169901 - Gender Specific Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub1430
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHill, L, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage13
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage40
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:49:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0035530487
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