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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I first attend to the metaphysical belief that woman is less divine than man ,
tracing the ways in which this conviction contributed to the view that woman ' s
rational capacities are inferior . I then examine theories concerning woman ' s
Moses puts the two sexes together and says that God created male and female in
order to indicate that Eve , too , was made by God as a partaker of the divine
image and of the divine similitude , likewise of the rule over everything .
Although the gods originally created all beings as equally perfect , not all
remained so , for some were unable to control their passions . Uncontrolled
passions make a person “ rebellious against the divine element within , ” which in
turn results ...
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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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