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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Its opening lines indicate a view very similar to that of Genesis : “ When on high
the heaven had not been named , / Firm ground below had not been called by
name . " 22 According to the myth , heaven and earth were created only after ...
Ibid . , line 69 . 7 . Ibid . , lines 276 – 79 . 8 . Although I adopt the conventional
juxtaposition of man and animal , I realize that this contrast is doubly exclusive . I
will focus on the exclusion of woman from the supposedly generic “ man .
... Conduct ; and Vicinus , Independent Women . 4 . THE LESS NOBLE SEX 1 .
Hesiod , Works and Days , line 69 . 2 . Ibid . , line 375 . 3 . Ibid . , lines 58 – 59 . 4 .
Plato , Timaeus , 86d . 5 . Aristotle , History of Animals , 608 . b . 1 - 3 . 6 . Ibid . 7 .
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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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