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 uterus continued to be seen as a cause of numerous ills , including hysterical
fits . Soranus of Ephesus , a second - century physician whose Gynecology
would influence gynecological tradition well into the seventeenth century ,
16 Trotula noted that when the womb is choked or otherwise suffocated , it
causes various maladies , including vomiting , fainting , and convulsions . Her
explanation of the cause parallels that of Galen : “ This happens to women
because too ...
Aristotle acknowledged both female and male principles in generation : the male
contains “ the efficient cause of generation , ” while the female contains “ the
material of it . ” ? And he believed that there are four factors involved in creation ...
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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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