Manual Of English Grammar And Composition - 1st Edition by J. Nesfield

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They must therefore “be permitted to turn to the fountain of light, and not forced to shape their course by the twinkling of a mere satellite” (50). According to Wollstonecraft, women must receive the same education as men, and this education must take place within society rather than the home, because “Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in” (52). The aims of an education should be to “enable the individual to attain such habits of virtue as will render it independent” (52).

They are not antimodern. They do not oppose modern intellectual and social traditions or repudiate the sciences or other Enlightenment projects. Rather, they are critical of them and attempt to find alternatives to them. Often this involves reconceptualizing objectivity and calling into question the possibility of impartiality, that is, of detachment of the observer from that which is observed. Considerable postmodernist problematizing of science has arisen out of feminist reconsiderations of the aims and methods of science.

Coleridge is also critical of Descartes’s dualism. He finds that Descartes was the first philosopher to introduce the idea that the mind and the body are heterogeneous, the mind being associated with intelligence, the body with matter (88). Descartes, in turn, influenced Baruch Spinoza who influenced Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. For Coleridge, though, dissociating the mind from the body is “absurd” (89). Coleridge is dissatisfied with the philosophies of Locke, Hartley, and others because he finds that the human mind is capable of activities other than merely observing, collecting, and classifying (93).

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