The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman's Nature
Indiana University Press, 1993 - 224 pages
This book looks at five major beliefs about woman's nature generally accepted by Western philosophers, theologians, and scientists from the classical period to the nineteenth century. These are that: woman is less perfect than man, woman possesses inferior rational capacities, woman has a defective moral sense, man is the primary creative force, and that woman is in need of control.
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16 . 25 . Philo , Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis , XVIII , p . 271 . 26 . Aquinas ,
Summa Theologica , 1 . 98 . 2 . 27 . Ibid . , I . 92 . 1 . 28 . Ibid . , 1 . 92 . 1 . 29 . Ibid
. , II . 2 . 156 . 30 . Augustine , Confessions of St . Augustine , XIII , Ch . 32 . 31 .
Ibid . , p . 11 ( 398 ) . 16 . Ibid . , p . 13 ( 400 ) . 17 . Kant , Observations , p . 76 . 18
. Kant viewed all non - European races as inferior and “ primitive . ” He claimed
that one mark of this inferiority was a lack of either type of understanding . 19 .
created later , and the evil powers planted sexual desire in her in order to make
salvation for man more difficult ( 24 . 29 ) . 7 . THE WEAKER SEED 1 . Aristotle ,
The Generation of Animals , 716 . a . 5 . 2 . Ibid . , 715 . a . 5 . 3 . Ibid . , 729 . a . 10
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