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Woman's Philosophy of Woman: or Woman Affranchised

Jenny d' Hericourt

Dewey Subject Code: 323
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The general interest evinced in the theories of Michelet and other philosophers concerning the function and province of woman, and the lively opposition to those theories manifested in many quarters, have called forth an American translation of the present work. This remarkable book, rather an extended essay, of Madame d'Hericourt on woman is conceded to be the best reply to these philosophers extant. The work, intended by the author as "refutation of the coarse indecency of Proudhon, and of the perfumed pruriency of Michelet, and the other false friends and would-be champions of woman," has had a remarkable history. Published first at Brussels, it was interdicted in France, and notice was given that all copies found would be seized. Madame d'Hericourt appealed to the censorship to know the reason of this interdiction, and was informed in reply that the reason for such proceedings never was given. Not content with this, she wrote to Napoleon III, enclosing a copy of the work, and called his attention to the fact that a book by a French author could be suppressed in France without any reason being given for it, and without any chances being offered to the author to clear herself of the implied charge of immorality. Immediately upon reception of the letter, the Emperor withdrew the interdiction. The style is highly didactic and includes argumentative dialog (a la Plato) and line by line refutation of those whose views she is rebutting. (Extracted from book's introduction with additions.) This Description by: Allen J. Worters, Newton, MA

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