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The sexual equality issue provides an interesting vantage point from which to investigate the various epistemological, methodological, political, social, and moral disagreements existing between Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill, as well as it allows a more accurate grasp of the evolution of Mill's arguments in support of the emancipation of women. As far as history is concerned, the choice of the sexual equality issue proves particularly appropriate to grasp the precise way the activity of philosophising was practiced, say, between the French Revolution and the last quarter of the nineteenth-century in France and in England. Since the debate about sexual equality hinged on the intellectual and moral capacities of women, it was necessary to reach some sort of agreement as to how one was to explain moral phenomena.

Keywords: Auguste Comte; emancipation; John Stuart Mill; sexual equality



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