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 ' s coldness thus accounts for her relative lack of moral ability . Aristotle
reinforced this image of woman , for his biology predicated woman ' s nature
upon her defect in heat . Not only was woman misbegotten in body , according to
The definition of woman in terms of lack , and her role in reproduction continue to
be seen as the fundamental sources of her “ difference . ” A brief illustration of my
point is provided by a revealing glance at recent embryological theory .
The female path is viewed as resulting from a lack of this antigen . An example of
this thinking can be found in a widely used undergraduate embryology text ,
Bruce Carlson ' s Patten ' s Foundations of Embryology : The sex - determining ...
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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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