A Vindication of the Rights of Men

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A Vindication of the Rights of Men by Mary Wollstonecraft
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A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Occasioned by His Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) is a political pamphlet which attacks aristocracy and advocates republicanism. Wollstonecraft's letter was the first response in a pamphlet war sparked by the publication of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), a defence of constitutional monarchy, aristocracy, and the Church of England. — Excerpted from A Vindication of the Rights of Men on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A

VINDICATION

of the

RIGHTS OF MEN,

IN A

LETTER

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

EDMUND BURKE;

OCCASIONED BY

HIS REFLECTIONS

ON THE

REVOLUTION IN FRANCE.

By MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT.


THE SECOND EDITION.



LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON,

NO. 72, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.


M.DCC.XC.


page

ADVERTISEMENT.

Mr Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution first engaged my attention as the transient topic of the day; and reading it more for amusement than information, my indignation was roused by the sophistical arguments, that every moment crossed me, in the questionable shape of natural feelings and common sense.

Many pages of the following letter were the effusions of the moment; but, swelling imperceptibly to a considerable size, the idea was suggested of publishing a short vindication of the Rights of Men.

Not having leisure or patience to follow this desultory writer through all the devious tracks in which his fancy has started fresh game, I have confined my strictures, in a great measure, to the grand principles at which he has levelled many ingenious arguments in a very specious garb.