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 theories they develop , and the facts they accept , must be coherent with this
system of beliefs . ... A clear indication of this influence is that the “ fact ” of woman
' s inferiority was often an assumption of scientists rather than a hypothesis ...
He did not even see such activity as an inferior sort of rationality , but instead
entirely excluded it from the rational realm . Descartes did not condemn the
senses as worthless , in fact admitting that they are reliable guides to our well -
725 – 26 . 55 . This , in fact , is still the argument ... Thoughts and Facts
Contributing to the History of Man , " p . 179 . 69 . ... In fact , the phrase "
undeveloped man " was a common appellation for woman in the nineteenth
century . The British ...
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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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