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Contesting Patrilineal Descent in Political Theory: James Mill and Nineteenth-Century Feminism

Jim Jose
Hypatia
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Winter, 2000), pp. 151-174
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810515
Page Count: 24
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Contesting Patrilineal Descent in Political Theory: James Mill and Nineteenth-Century Feminism
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Abstract

Liberal philosopher James Mill has been understood as being unambiguously antifeminist. However, Terence Ball, supposedly informed by a feminist perspective, has argued for a new interpretation. Ball has reconceptualized Mill as a feminist and the sole source of the feminism of his son (J. S. Mill), suggesting a revision of the received wisdom about their relationship to the development of nineteenth century feminist thought. This paper takes issue with Ball's "new interpretation" and its presumed feminist basis.

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