Early Modern Philosophy

Gender and Early Modern Women Philosophers

Why was the single status of early modern men of science and philosophy important?

Inevitably, bachelorhood would have had the negative effect of not having long-term intimate relationships or much experience with children and family life in adulthood. A bachelor’s style of life would have then supported a view of the world from the perspective of a lone individual, and an assumption that the philosophical mind would always have the same gender as oneself.


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