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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Alchemy was also unlike chemistry in that alchemical theory was based on
premise that the spirit of humans and the substances of the universe were con
nected . Alchemists believed that one could transform a substance into a higher
state of ...
Given that the alchemical tradition was based upon Aristotelian science , it is
reasonable to expect alchemists to have been influenced by the Aristotelian im
age of the female as an inferior stage of development . In order to document this ...
At worst she would be viewed as capable , because of the imperfections of her
female body and soul , of participating in only the earlier stages of the alchemical
processes . 40 The victory over the female is a central metaphor in alchemical ...
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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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