• Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill on sexual equality : historical, methodological and philosophical issues

    Guillin, Vincent 2009 Brill eBook titles 2009 ( Serie ) Boston : Brill 9789047428152 | BRILL9789047428152 Abstract

    Vincent Guillin uses the issue of sexual equality as a prism through which to examine important differences – epistemological, methodological and theoretical – between Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill. He succeeds in showing how their differing conceptions of science and human nature influence and affect their respective approaches to philosophy and to the analysis of female (in)equality in particular. Guillin shines a bright searchlight into long-neglected aspects of both men’s thinking – for example, Mill’s proposal to construct an ‘ethology’, or science of character-formation, and Comte’s seemingly bizarre interest in phrenology – and the ways in which these shaped their views of women’s intellectual and political capacities. Guillin’s wide-ranging study examines both men’s major and minor works, their correspondence with one another, and the reasons for the final acrimonious break between two of the nineteenth century’s most original and important thinkers.


    Philosophy and religion

Guillin, Vincent
Philosophy and religion

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