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 theory of evolution required important revisions in the complex of beliefs
surrounding the view that there was a hierarchy or scale of created things .
However , the belief in a chain or ladder of being remained intact . As we will see
, woman ...
The view of creation as instantaneous and fixed had to be replaced with the
belief that nature is continuously being made . Darwin postulated that humans
and other complex organisms had evolved over long periods of time from less
According to Freudian theory , an important stage in a young male ' s
development is the so - called Oedipus complex . Freud explained that as a boy
develops his phallic sexuality , he naturally comes to desire his mother as a
sexual obiect ...
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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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