The Labor of the Mind

The Labor of the Mind plumbs the Enlightenment's social and cultural logic of conceiving the mind as manly; considers the textual representations of the manly mind; and examines the ways in which it was subverted or at least subtly questioned.

The Labor of the Mind
Intellect and Gender in Enlightenment Cultures

Anthony J. La Vopa

2017 | 360 pages | Cloth $79.95
History | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

A Note on Translations

Introduction
Chapter 1. The Social Aesthetic of Play in Seventeenth-Century France
Aissance and Labor
—The Intelligence of Women
Chapter 2. Poullain de la Barre: Feminism, Radical and Polite
—Conversion
—The Mind Has No Sex
—Cartesianism for Ladies
Chapter 3. Malebranche and the Bel Esprit
—Montaigne's Sin of Style
—The Cartesian Augustinian
—Original Sin and the Labor of Attention
—The Bel Esprit
—The Author Despite Himself
Chapter 4. Love, Gallantry, and Friendship
—The Loves and Friendships of Saint-Évremond
—The Dissent of Mme de Lambert
Chapter 5. Shaftesbury's Quest for Fraternity
—The Turn to Stoicism
—The French Menace
—Friendship
— Critics, Markets, and Labor
—The Moralists
Chapter 6. The Labors of David Hume
—Writing the Treatise
—The Essayist
—The Vicissitudes of Taste
—The Philosopher and the Countess
Chapter 7. Genius and the Social: Antoine-Léonard Thomas and Suzanne Curchod Necker
—Friends
—Amphibians
—The Labor of Genius
—Gallantry Corrupted
Chapter 8. Minds Not Meeting: Denis Diderot and Louise d'Épinay
—Diderot's Paternal Voice
—Diderot's Clinical Voice
—Mme d'Épinay's Feminism
Conclusion

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments