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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The writings of Philo , a first - century Jewish philosopher , were very influential in
the development of early Christian church doctrines . Philo embraced the
Platonic doctrine that sense - perception must be under the control of reason ,
The one piece of evidence Philo offered to support his interpretation turns on the
temporal priority of man ' s creation in the second version of the Genesis myth .
Philo claimed that the order of creation reflects metaphysical priorities “ First He ...
BECOMING Man : Philo . The Gospel of Thomas , an apocryphal gospel
compiled about 200 ce , depicts voman as achieving salvation only if she
becomes male . This gospel includes a conversation between Simon Peter and
Jesus , who had ...
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Tuana, a professor of the history of ideas, discusses classical through late 19th-century ideas of women, showing how scientific views and religious or philosophical views have influenced and ... Read full review
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