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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ONE In the Beginning Creation myths have always been central to human
understanding . They delineate our ... They delineate not only the traits that
differentiate humans from other animals , but also those that mark off humans
from the gods .
The preceding view of male primacy in alchemical creation applies also to the
alchemists ' view of human creation . ... Since man is the microcosm of the
macrocosm , and woman is the microcosm of man , the generation of humans
must mirror ...
Paracelsus not only believed it was theoretically possible to generate a human
outside of a woman ' s womb , he claimed to have done so himself . His
contention was that the generation of “ beings like men or women ” without 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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