How does Mary Wollstonecraft define the rights of men, and how can this be analyzed? 

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Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century liberal feminist philosopher who wrote Vindication of the Rights of Men in 1790. The work was issued as a political pamphlet and as a response to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution of France, and the purpose of Wollstonecraft’s work was to attack Burke’s aristocratic views and advocate republicanism and middle class values. While Burke was concerned with preserving established traditions and supported the concept of a ruling elite, Wollstonecraft attacked his ideas on hierarchy and class rights and asserted that people should be judged on their merits rather than their birthright. She advocated equality among the classes and envisioned a society where the underprivileged could compete with the “privileged” based on their skills and talents—and by “underprivileged” she meant all the people who were marginalized in society, including the middle class and women.

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