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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beliefs concerning the nature of creation , the most important of these being that
the entire chain of being was created by God and was therefore immutable . From
this premise it followed that the order of perfection was unalterably imposed ...
1 Medical views of woman ' s illnesses , both mental and physical , were clearly
influenced by the accepted theories concerning woman ' s nature . Woman ' s
nervous instability was an unquestioned axiom , stemming from the belief that ...
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Century . Berkeley : University of California Press , 1987 . Galton , Francis .
Hereditary Genius . London : MacMillian , 1914 . Garden , George . " A Discourse
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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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