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The Mary Wollstonecraft's education project: the use of reason as emancipator element feminine

Grant number: 19/02493-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2019
Effective date (End): January 15, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Monique Hulshof
Grantee:Sarah Bonfim Matos Nunes
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/20144-3 - Emancipation and the role of education: what is the political tenor of freedom for Wollstonecraft?, BE.EP.MS

Abstract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile is a work that seeks human emancipation through education. However, this emancipation is reserved for only half of humanity. Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of Rights of Woman, points that the instruction reserved for the character Sofia as something to be avoided. The philosopher not only criticizes Rousseau, but also points to an alternative educational project in which women have access to the same education of men and, consequently, also achieve their emancipation. Thus, this research aims to reconstruct Wollstonecraft's criticisms of Rousseau in order to understand the educational project proposed by her, as well as to understand her concept of perfectibility and the possibilities of women's emancipation through education. A Vindication of Rights of Woman and Emile will be essential to delineate and understand a project that is inclusive, equanimous and emancipatory - for both sexes. (AU)