An Examination of the Themes of Female Potential and Androgyny in the Works of Plato, Machiavelli, and J.S. Mill
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The goal of this paper is comparatively to research the position of women according to three very different political philosophers. The general theme that emerges out of this effort is the proposition that woman has equal potential to man, but is not allowed to realize this potential because of societal forces. This proposition leads to the broader issue of whether or not the philosophers believe in the existence of an androgynous human nature. The philosophers selected for this research were selected as much for their differences as their similarities. The authors examined are Plato, Machiavelli and J.S.Mill. They are from different eras and very different political viewpoints. Yet in spite of these glaring differences, their views on the potential of women are startlingly similar. The point of the selection of three such different philosophers is that if a commonality between them can be adequately demonstrated even with their differences then perhaps political theory as a whole should be re-evaluated in this area.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.