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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65 The relegation of woman to the private realm of the family was reinforced by
the belief that her influence on the workings of the state would result in disruption
of its order . Aristotle , for example , blamed the fall of the state of Sparta on its ...
... on conjugal authority , 159 Aretaeus , 94 - 95 Aristotle : theme of woman as
misbegotten man in Western intellectual tradition , ix ; systematic scientific
explanation of woman ' s imperfection , 18 – 21 ; influence on science from Galen
to Paré ...
29 Freud , Sigmund : influence of Galen ' s anatomy on , 25 ; on inferiority of
woman ' s moral development , 88 – 92 ; on exclusion of women from public
realm , 166 – 67 Darwin , Charles , 34 , 36 - 39 , 66 - 67 Darwin , Erasmus , 151
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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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