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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ll After dividing the mixture into souls , the god implanted each one in a body ,
and gave each man sensations and emotions , including love , fear , and anger .
Each being was equal in perfection to all others , for this god would allow no ...
Those men who are unable to control their emotions , who are unable to
overcome the desires of the body through the power of the soul , are reincarnated
as women . Woman then , is the result of man ' s weakness , his punishment for
... in those two faculties , intellectual and emotional , which are the latest products
of human evolution . ... Spencer pinpointed woman ' s deficiencies as a lack of “
the power of abstract reasoning and that most abstract of the emotions , the ...
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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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