We hope the works of this new collection will bring you complete satisfaction. After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until , when his play Henri III became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. In a sense, French women's lives were shaped almost entirely for far too long by the very institution against which Condorcet protested.
Ironically, this devoted father and husband was perhaps the only philosophe who never kept a mistress, yet he was arguably. The indissoluble character that the Church had conferred upon marriage appeared to him as a veritable seedbed of such evils as adultery, prostitution, and bastardy.
Rowe, in Rosenfield , He advocated for birth control, woman's right to plan her pregnancy sensibly, and for a man's obligation to his child's welfare after birth.
He envisioned a better future for illegitimate children and supported opportunities for unmarried pregnant women to have their children without social penalties Condorcet , VI: —9, VIII: —; Williams , —; Schapiro , — He proposed occupational training rather than incarceration for prostitutes, opposed police harassment of prostitutes and homosexuals, and denounced barbaric laws and practices against homosexuals, such as France's burning of homosexuals alive and the English resort to mob violence Condorcet , VIII: —70, IV: ; Schapiro , —; Williams , In the Esquisse he advocated for making marriage a civil not a religious contract, as was formally accomplished by his fellow republicans in France during the s.
He upbraided the despotic role of parents in arranging their children's marriage. He favored divorce, and considered the manner in which child custody and education should be protected in its event. Everything which can contribute to rendering individuals more independent also increases the happiness they can reciprocally bestow upon each other; their happiness will be greater when the individual action is more voluntary.
Had he lived longer, he would have seen many disappointments, watching as so many of the early Revolution's legislated reforms in marital and personal life, as well as the whole panoply of human rights for which he fought, were retracted, modified or suspended, and while political participation was crushed under the Directory and more emphatically under Napoleon's rule. After his death, Condorcet was not entirely forgotten, and his contribution was honored throughout the nineteenth century in France, Britain, and elsewhere by those men and women who fought to bring down the refortified barriers to women's rights that were paradoxically imposed by democrats and republicans who otherwise saw themselves as liberal opponents of preceding regimes.
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Appreciating the risks he faced in rebutting one of the age's most deeply held prejudices, he begged for the opportunity to engage in reasoned dialogue with his opponents: I hope that anyone who attacks my arguments will do so without using ridicule or declamation, and above all, that someone will show me a natural difference between men and women on which the exclusion could legitimately be based. Political Context 2.