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Jacqueline Broad


Authored books

Jacqueline Broad, The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). Download intro and sample chapter.

Jacqueline Broad and Karen Green, A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Download excerpt.

Jacqueline Broad, Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002). Download excerpt.

Edited books

Jacqueline Broad (ed.), Women Philosophers of Eighteenth-Century England: Selected Correspondence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). Google preview.

Jacqueline Broad (ed.), Women Philosophers of Seventeenth-Century England: Selected Correspondence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). See Google preview.

Jacqueline Broad and Karen Detlefsen (eds.), Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Download introduction.

Jacqueline Broad (ed.), Mary Astell’s The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England, Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: Toronto Series (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Iter Publishing, 2013). Download introduction.

Jacqueline Broad and Karen Green (eds.), Virtue, Liberty, and Toleration: Political Ideas of European Women, 1400-1800 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007). Download introduction.

Special journal issues

Jacqueline Broad (guest editor), ‘Women and Republicanism in the Eighteenth Century’, special issue of Australasian Philosophical Review 3, no. 4 (2021). Download introduction.

Journal articles

Jacqueline Broad and Diana Barnes, ‘Women and Stoic Ethics in Early Modern England’, Philosophy Compass, published online 24 May 2023; DOI: 10.1111/phc3.12933.

Deborah J. Brown and Jacqueline Broad, ‘Petticoat Power? Mary Astell’s Appropriation of Heroic Virtue for Women’, Journal of the American Philosophical Association 9, no. 2 (2023): 214-33. DOI: 10.1017/apa.2022.6. Download copy.

Deborah J. Brown and Jacqueline Broad, ‘The Social Dimension of Generosity in Descartes and Astell’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 60, no. 3 (2022): 409–27. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Recent Work in Early Modern Women’s Philosophy: Some Implications for the Canon’, Mind, published online 30 August 2021: 1-16. DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzab057

Jacqueline Broad, ‘From Nobility and Excellence to Generosity and Rights: Sophia’s Defenses of Women (1739–40)’, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, published online 29 November 2021: 1-17. DOI: 10.1017/hyp.2021.71. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Women and Republicanism in the Eighteenth Century: Completing the Historical Record’ (guest editor’s introduction), Australasian Philosophical Review 3, no. 4 (2021), 357–60. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Catharine Trotter Cockburn on the Virtue of Atheists’, Intellectual History Review 31, no. 1 (2021): 111–28. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Selfhood and Self-government in Women’s Religious Writings of the Early Modern Period’, International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2019): 1–18. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Conway and Charleton on the Intimate Presence of Souls in Bodies’, Journal of the History of Ideas 79, no. 4 (2018): 571-91. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell’s Critique of Pierre Bayle: Atheism and Intellectual Integrity in the Pensées (1682)’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy, online edition (11 September 2018): 1-18. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘“A Great Championess for her Sex”: Sarah Chapone on Liberty as Nondomination and Self-mastery’, The Monist 98, no. 1 (2015): 77-88. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Women on Liberty in Early Modern England’, Philosophy Compass 9, no. 2 (2014): 112-22. Download copy.
Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell on Marriage and Lockean Slavery’, History of Political Thought 35, no. 4 (2014): 71738. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Impressions in the Brain: Malebranche on Women, Women on Malebranche’, Intellectual History Review 22, no. 3 (2012): 373-89. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell: liberty of judgment for women’, in Geschlechterordnung und Staat: Legitimationsfiguren der politischen Philosophie (1600-1850), edited by Marion Heinz and Sabine Doyé, a supplement to Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie [German Journal for Philosophy] 27 (2012): 139-49. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell on Virtuous Friendship’, Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 26, no. 2 (2009): 65-86. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Margaret Cavendish and Joseph Glanvill: Science, Religion, and Witchcraft’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 38, no. 3 (2007): 493-505. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘A Woman’s Influence? John Locke and Damaris Masham on Moral Accountability’, Journal of the History of Ideas 67, no. 3 (2006): 489-510. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Adversaries or Allies?  Occasional Thoughts on the Masham-Astell Exchange’, Eighteenth-Century Thought 1 (2003): 123-49. Download copy.

Book chapters

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell (1666-1731)’, in The Routledge Handbook of Women and Early Modern European Philosophy, edited by Karen Detlefsen and Lisa Shapiro (New York and London: Routledge, 2023), pp. 493-505; DOI: 10.4324/9781315450001-43.

Jacqueline Broad and Maks Sipowicz, ‘Cavendish’s Philosophy of the Passions: Theory and Practice’, in Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Lisa Walters and Brandie Siegfried (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), pp. 83-97. DOI: 10.1017/9781108780780.008. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Hobbes and Astell on War and Peace’, in A Companion to Hobbes, edited by Marcus Adams (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), pp. 448-62. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Locke and Damaris Cudworth Masham’, in The Lockean Mind, edited by Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg (London and New York: Routledge, 2021), pp. 22-6. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Undoing Bayle’s Scepticism: Astell’s Marginalia as Disarmament’, in Marginal Notes: Social Reading and the Literal Margins, edited by Patrick Spedding and Paul Tankard (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 61–84. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘The Early Modern Period: Dignity and the Foundation of Women’s Rights’, in The Wollstonecraftian Mind, edited by Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), 25-35. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Damaris Masham on Women and Liberty of Conscience’, in Feminist History of Philosophy, edited by Eileen O’Neill and Marcy Lascano (Dordrecht: Springer, 2019), pp. 319-36. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell’s Malebranchean Concept of the Self’, in Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, edited by Emily Thomas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 211-26. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell (1666-1731)’, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: A Peer-Reviewed Academic Resource, ISSN 2161-0002, <>, 13 November 2017

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Marriage, Slavery, and the Merger of Wills: Responses to Sprint, 1700-01’, in Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays, edited by Jacqueline Broad and Karen Detlefsen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 66-81. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Early Modern Feminism and Cartesian Philosophy’, in The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader, and Alison Stone (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 71-81. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell and the Virtues’, in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, edited by Alice Sowaal and Penny A. Weiss, Re-reading the Canon series (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2016), pp. 16-34. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell’, Oxford Bibliographies, ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), <>; updated 28 March 2018.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Margaret Fell’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Stanford, CA: Stanford University, Metaphysics Research Lab, 2012), <>; revised, January 2016.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Women, Mechanical Science, and God in the Early Modern Period’, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, edited by James Stump and Alan Padgett (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012), pp. 26-36. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell’s Machiavellian Moment? Politics and Feminism in Moderation Truly Stated’, in Early Modern Englishwomen Testing Ideas, edited by Jo Wallwork and Paul Salzman (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 9-23. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Cavendish, van Helmont, and the Mad Raging Womb’, in The New Science and Women’s Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein, edited by Judy A. Hayden (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 47-63. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Liberty and the Right of Resistance: Women’s Political Writings of the English Civil War Era’, in Virtue, Liberty, and Toleration: Political Ideas of European Women, 1400-1800, edited by Jacqueline Broad and Karen Green (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007), pp. 77-94. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Astell, Cartesian Ethics, and the Critique of Custom’, in Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith, edited by William Kolbrener and Michal Michelson (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 165-79. Download copy.

Karen Green and Jacqueline Broad, ‘Fictions of a Feminine Philosophical Persona: Christine de Pizan, Margaret Cavendish, and Philosophia Lost’, in The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe: The Nature of a Contested Identity, edited by Conal Condren, Stephen Gaukroger, and Ian Hunter, Ideas in Context series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 229-53.

Jacqueline Broad, Karen Green, and Helen Prosser, ‘Emasculating Metaphor: Whither the Maleness of Reason?’, in Feminist Alliances, edited by Lynda Burns (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2006), pp. 91-108. 

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Mary Astell’, in British Philosophers 1500-1899, edited by Philip B. Dematteis and Peter Fosl, Dictionary of Literary Biography series (Detroit: The Gale Group, 2002), pp. 3-10.

Reviews and encyclopedia entries

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Astell, Mary’, in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, edited by Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), DOI: 10.1002/9781119009924.eopr0030.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Liberty, Women on’, in Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and Sciences, edited by Charles Wolfe and Dana Jalobeanu (Cham: Springer, 2020), <>.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Masham, Damaris Cudworth: Human Nature; Women’s Nature; God’s Mind and Human Knowledge’, in Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers [online encyclopedia], edited by Mary Ellen Waithe and Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn: Center for the Study of Women Philosophers and Scientists, 2018), <>.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Religion and Women in Britain, c. 1660-1760, edited by Sarah Apetrei and Hannah Smith’, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 50, no. 2 (2018): 165-7.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Laura Linker, Lucretian Thought in Late Stuart England: Debates about the Nature of the Soul’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 29, no. 3 (2017): 519-21.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] James A. Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography’, Times Higher Education (8 October 2015): 42-3. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Hilary Gatti, Ideas of Liberty in the Early Modern Period’, Times Higher Education (6 August 2015): 46.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Desmond M. Clarke’s Equality of the Sexes’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22, no. 3 (2014): 617-19.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Is Margaret Cavendish Worthy of Study Today?’ [review essay], Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 42, no. 3 (2011): 457-61. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Patricia Springborg’s Mary Astell: Theorist of Freedom from Domination’, The American Historical Review, vol. 113 (2008): 572-73.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Judith P. Zinsser (ed.), Men, Women, and the Birthing of Modern Science’, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 40, nos. 1 and 2 (2007-08).

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Female Philosophers’, in The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, edited by Anthony Grayling, Andrew Pyle, and Naomi Goulder (Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006), vol. II, pp. 1066-9. Download copy.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Women and Nature: A New Historical Perspective’ [review of Sylvia Bowerbank’s Speaking For Nature], Metascience 15, no. 1 (2006): 113-16.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Enlightened Women in the History of Science’ [review of Patricia Fara’s Pandora’s Breeches], Metascience 15, no. 2 (2006): 303-6.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Nathaniel Culverwell, An Elegant and Learned Discourse, and Samuel Pufendorf, The Whole Duty of Man’, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, vol. 37, no. 2 – vol. 38, no. 1 (2005): 167-8.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘Cavendish Redefined’ [review essay], British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12, no. 4 (2004): 731-41.

Jacqueline Broad, ‘English Women Philosophers and the Origins of Modernity’, Intellectual News: Review of the International Society of Intellectual History, edited by Steven Lestition and Warren Breckman, no. 13 (2003): 27-37. Download copy

Jacqueline Broad, ‘[Review of] Margaret Atherton’s Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period,’ Australasian Journal of Philosophy 75, no. 2 (1997): 248-9.23019