History 336. Eddie Jeong and Jerry Guo. Three Cartesian Feminist treatises by François Poullain de le Barre (p125-174). Poullain’s philosophy. Two fundamental principles in his plea for gender equality (p125):.
Eddie Jeong and Jerry Guo
Three Cartesian Feminist treatises by François Poullain de le Barre (p125-174)
- The mind is without sex
- Anatomy does not determine destiny
1. free thinking: judging bases on reason, rather than opinion.
2. Modern over ancient: rejecting the principle of authority, and the belief in the progression of civilization.
- The confining of women into religious orders against their will (p144)
- Marriage with and abusive husband, with no chances for divorce (p144)
- They should taught with the same level of care as men (p152)
- Stasimachus argued that women who participate in enforcing the ideas of their own inferiority, are simply mislead or ignorant. (p154)
- He gives examples of female saints who were just as intelligent and generous as their male counterparts. (p154)
- Women should not be required to learn Greek or Latin. Instead, they should focus more on more modern French literature and translations of Latin pieces. (p155)
- Women need not go to colleges for education. Tutors could teach them like they do for dancing or writing. (p156)
- In order to learn and use the knowledge, it is necessary to have the right attitude towards the obtaining of the knowledge. (p158)
- It all begins at childhood (p160)
- The child’s mind is like a blank slate, and is vulnerable to influences from outside influences. (p161)
1. The mixed bag of pseudo-learned men:
- Stasimachus argues that those who possess no knowledge, yet claim to have it, are even worse than those who actually are ignorant of it. (p163)
2. Intellectual frauds in academic ideology:
- Their veneration the ancients doesn’t just encumber their free thinking with heavy handed conformity, but it also prevents them from accessing ne ideas. (p168-9)
3. Men who are reputed for their academic learning:
- He mentions the disorderly conduct of their meetings, their arrogance formed from their title. (p172)
-These people exclude women from higher learning, just as they exclude reasonable people.