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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Jean Jacques Rousseau ( 1712 – 1778 ) , a contemporary of Kant , developed a
similar view that morality requires a sense of justice based on duty . He rejected
theories that based moral sense on instinct or intuition and insisted that it was ...
Kant and Rousseau both viewed woman as a source of moral inspiration for man
. Rousseau saw woman ' s power in the sexual desire she produces in man ,
while Kant believed love to be an additional pillar of this inspiration . Rousseau '
40 But Rousseau is also well aware that the harshness of such training will break
woman ' s spirit , rendering her dependent upon man ' s constant care . “ From
this habitual constraint comes a docility which women need all their lives , since ...
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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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