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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They delineate not only the traits that differentiate humans from other animals ,
but also those that mark off humans from the gods . An image often used to
explain humanity ' s status is that of a hierarchy of being based upon degrees of ...
In the Generation of Animals and the History of Animals , Aristotle offered a
biological explanation of the idea of woman as an inferior man . Clearly , he ...
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Plato , in the Timaeus , depicted the womb as an animal with desires and
emotions . “ The animal within them is desirous of procreating children , and
when remaining unfruitful long beyond its proper time , get discontented and
angry , and ...
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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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