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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26 Aristotle ' s view of woman as a misbegotten man remained , with relatively
minor variations , the generally accepted position well into the Renaissance , and
portions of his theory were influential until the late nineteenth century . Aristotle ' s
25 depending upon whose theory one accepted , during which she could acce
abort the fetus . 30 Such abortion laws , of course , presupposed a procedure for
determining the sex of a fetus . Here again Aristotle ' s theory provided the ...
The Galenic modification of Aristotle ' s views on conception was not , however ,
uniformly accepted . Giles of Rome ( 1243 – 1316 ) opposed this position in his
De Formatione Corporis Humani in Utero . He argued that the female seed was ...
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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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