The Pious Sex: Essays on Women and Religion in the History of Political Thought

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Overview

The Pious Sex strives to enlighten the reader with respect to the relationship between women and religion. The notion that there is a special relationship between women and piety may call to mind the worst of the prejudices associated with women over the ages: the characterization of women as superstitious and inherently irrational creatures who must be kept firmly in hand by the patriarchal establishment. The suggestion that there is a special relationship between women and piety conjures up the most oppressive picture of womanly virtue. The contributors of this volume revisit the claim that women constitute the pious sex and investigate the implications of such a designation. This collection of original essays examines the relationship between women and religion in the history of political thought broadly conceived. This theme is a remarkably revealing lens through which to view the Western philosophical and poetical traditions that have culminated in secular and egalitarian modern society. The essays also give highly analytical accounts of the manifold and intricate relationships between religion, family, and public life in the history of political thought, and the various ways in which these relationships have manifested themselves in pagan, Jewish, Christian, and post-Christian settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739131053
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrea Radasanu is an assistant professor of political science at the Northern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: The Pious Sex? Andrea Radasanu 1

2 The Piety of Esther Clifford Orwin 15

3 Three Tragic Versions of Female (Im)piety: Clytemnestra, Jocasta, and Antigone Kathrin H. Rosenfield 35

4 Women, War, and Piety in Plato's Laws Dana Jalbert Stauffer 63

5 Educating the Perfect Wife: Piety and Rational Control in the Oeconomicus Paul W. Ludwig 77

6 Love and Piety in Machiavelli's Mandragola Catherine Connors 101

7 "Nay, then 'Tis past Jesting": Piety and Female Friendship in Catharine Trotter's Love at a Loss Heather King 127

8 Women, Christianity, and the Modern in Montesquieu's Considerations on the Romans Diana J. Schaub 149

9 Rousseau's Domestication of Amour-Propre Eve Grace 169

10 Jane Austen's Education of Women: A Study of Mansfield Park Amy L. Bonnette 201

11 Flaubert: Eros and Politics After Rousseau Andrea Radasanu 231

12 Nietzsche in Eden Lise van Boxel 255

Index 281

About the Contributors 289

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