Excerpt: ...minds who treat us with proud contempt that women also have knowledge; that, like men, they can hold learned meetings-regulated, too, by better rules; that they wish to unite what elsewhere is kept apart, join noble language to deep learning, reveal nature's laws by a thousand experiments; and on all questions proposed, admit every party, and ally themselves to none. TRI. For order, I prefer peripateticism. PHI. For abstractions I love Platonism. ARM. Epicurus pleases me, for his tenets are solid. BEL. I agree with the doctrine of atoms: but I find it difficult to understand a vacuum, and I much prefer subtile matter. TRI. I quite agree with Descartes about magnetism. ARM. I like his vortices. PHI. And I his falling worlds. Footnote: Notes do not seem necessary here; a good English dictionary will give better explanations than could be given except by very long notes. ARM. I long to see our assembly opened, and to distinguish ourselves by some great discovery. TRI. Much is expected from your enlightened knowledge, for nature has hidden few things from you. PHI. For my part, I have, without boasting, already made one discovery; I have plainly seen men in the moon. BEL. I have not, I believe, as yet quite distinguished men, but I have seen steeples as plainly as I see you. Footnote: An astronomer of the day had boasted of having done this. ARM. In addition to natural philosophy, we will dive into grammar, history, verse, ethics, and politics. PHI. I find in ethics charms which delight my heart; it was formerly the admiration of great geniuses; but I give the preference to the Stoics, and I think nothing so grand as their founder. ARM. Our regulations in respect to language will soon be known, and we mean to create a revolution. Through a just or natural antipathy, we have each of us taken a mortal hatred to certain words, both verbs and nouns, and these we mutually abandon to each other. We are preparing sentences of death against them, we shall open...
  • ISBN13: 9781153708708
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  • Pubilcation Year: 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00020
Publication Date20120807

The Learned Women


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