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Miss Sylvana Tomaselli

Miss Sylvana Tomaselli

Affiliated Lecturer

St John's College


Research Interests

Sylvana Tomaselli is the Sir Harry Hinsley Lecturer in History at St John’s College and is currently thinking about punishment, inequality, love and respect.  She has written on a variety of topics, including the conjectural history of woman, the character of nations, toleration, and issues within and around feminism, and on a number of authors, including John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Abbé Raynal, David Hume, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill.

Post-graduate supervision interests

Miss Tomaselli has been involved in the MPhil in Political Thought from its beginnings and has supervised for the MPhil in Politics and International Relations, and has supervised research on a very range of topics, often anchored in the thoughts of such figures as Bentham, J.S. Mill, Tocqueville, Martha Nussbaum, Wollstonecraft, Rousseau, Kojéve and other early modern and modern political theorists.  The research of her recent PhD students ranges from David Hume to British Radical of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Teaching

Part I Paper 1: The Analysis of Modern Politics I

Part II Pol 1: History of Political Thought up to c1700

Part II Pol 2: History of Political Thought c1700 to 1890

Part II Pol 6: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c 1890

Part II Pol 14: History of Political Thought up to c1700 (History P3)

Part II Pol 15: History of Political Thought c1700 to 1890 (History P4)

Key Publications

  • "Mary Wollstonecraft", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2012/entries/wollstonecraft/>.  (First version: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2008, Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu: Wollstonecraft, Mary)
  • 'Mary Wollstonecraft: The reunification of domestic and political spheres' in Geschlechterordnung und Staat. Legitimationsfiguren der politischen Philosophie (1600-1850), Marion Heinz and Sabine Doyé (eds.), Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Beiheft, 2012.
  • 'Law and Commerce in 1608' in Law Society: Which is to be Master? The Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens, Kenneth Richardson, eds., Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, London, 2011.
  • 'Montesquieu's L'Esprit des Lois from a Contemporary Feminist Point of View', in Montesquieu zwischen den Disziplinen. Einzel- und kulturwissenschaftliche Zugriffe, Edgar Mass, Günther Lottes, Annett Volmer, Jens Haeseler (Hrsg.), Internationale Konferenz aus Anlass des 250. Todesjahres von Charles-Louis de Montesquieu am Forschungszentrum Europaeische Aufklaerung (Potsdam) , Beiträge zur Politischen Wissenschaft, Band 161, Dunker and Humblot, Berlin, 2010.
  • 'Rousseau juge de Locke or Reading Some Thoughts on Education after Émile' in Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy in Honour of G.A.J. Rogers, edited by Sarah Hutton and Paul Schuurman, Dordrecht: Springer, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4020-8324-2 e-ISBN: 978-1-4020-8325-9.
  • 'The Spirit of Nations,' in Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler (eds), Cambridge History of Political Thought 1700 -1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), Chapter I.
  • 'Intolerance, the Virtue of Princes and Radicals,' in Ole Grell and Roy Porter (eds), Toleration in Enlightenment Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • Rape (edited with Roy Porter) (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986); Pb: Rape: A Historical and Social Enquiry (1989, with an introductory chapter by Sylvana Tomaselli); Portuguese translation: Estupro, translated by Alves Calado (Rio de Janeiro: Rio Fundo Ed., 1992).
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, edited by Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).