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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Having created man , God planted a garden in Eden for man to till and keep . “
Then the Lord God said , ' It is not good that the man should be alone ; I will make
him a helper fit for him , ' ” ( Genesis 2 : 18 ) . God created all forms of animal and
Looking first at the material of woman ' s creation , an argument for her
metaphysical superiority can be derived from the second creation account by
empha . sizing the fact that woman was created from a man ' s rib , while man
was created ...
The one piece of evidence Philo offered to support his interpretation turns on the
temporal priority of man ' s creation in the second version of the ... God created “
every beast of the field and every bird of the air , ” and then created woman .
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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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