Doctor Tomaselli

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Doctor Sylvana Tomaselli has lectured on eighteenth and nineteenth-century political theory (e.g. Montesquieu, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Constant, Tocqueville, Bentham and J S Mill); as well as on political philosophy (morality, politics and punishment, gender, feminist political philosophy).  She teaches the three History of Political Theory Papers and is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History and of Human, Social and Political Sciences.

Her publications in collected works include: ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Men’, in The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee eds., Routledge, (2020); ‘The Philosophes’, in Mary Wollstonecraft in Context, ed. Nancy E. Johnson and Paul Keen (Cambridge University Press, 2020); '' 'PEACE, GENDER, AND WAR' in A Cultural History of Peace in the Enlightenment (1648 - 1815) Stella Ghervas & David Armitage (eds.) (Bloomsbury,2020);  ‘Have ye not heard that we cannot serve two masters?’ The Platonism of Mary Wollstonecraft’, Revisioning Cambridge Platonism, (Springer, 2020 ) and  ‘On labelling Raynal’s Histoire: reflections on its genre and subject’, in Raynal’s Histoire des Deux Indes, Colonialism, Networks and Global Exchange, Cecil Courtney and Jenny Mander (eds.), special volume in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (2015 with the Oxford Studies on the Enlightenment (Voltaire Foundation, 2015).

An intellectual historian working predominantly on the long eighteenth century, she has written on such topics as mind-body dualism, the history of women, and population theories.  Her publications include a translation of Jacques Lacan's Seminar II: The Ego in Freud's Theory and in Psychoanalytic Technique, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, prepared and annotated by John Forrester (Cambridge University Press and Norton, 1988).  She edited Rape: An Historical and Social Enquiry (Blackwell, 1986; pb.1989; Portuguese translation, Rio Fundo Editora, 1992) and The Dialectics of Friendship (Routledge, 1989) with Roy Porter.  Her 'Spirit of Nations', a chapter in The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Theory, edited by Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler, was published in September 2006.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Her entry "Mary Wollstonecraft" to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is available online as are her ‘Mary Wollstonecraft:  Civil Society, Revolution, Economic Equality in Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers, Revolution; Economic equality; Civil society in WOLLSTONECRAFT’, Mary Paderborn University (UB) and the German national library in Frankfurt/Leipzig (DNB),


Tomaselli, Sylvana. “Mary Wollstonecraft.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press, URL…

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