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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Woman again falls between man and animal on the hierarchy of being . 14 Plato
implied that mind or reason is more perfect than sensation or emotion . Without
denying the usefulness of these faculties , Plato makes it clear that they must be ...
13 Aristotle divided the faculties of the soul into five parts . Listed in order of
perfection from least to greatest , they are : the nutritive , the sensitive , the
appetitive , the motive , and the intellectual . Although he believed that all living
beings have ...
From Souls to Minds : Witch - Hunts . a Vom A theme underlying Christian
discussions of the divinity of woman is the nat of her rational faculties . Philo , like
Plato , believed that woman is , by nature , more influenced by the passions than
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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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