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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Lynn Hankinson Nelson states that “ science is permeated with metaphysics and
metaphysics is part of science . " The focus here is on the ways in which scientists
' metaphysical inheritance from religious and philosophical systems influenced ...
Looking first at the material of woman ' s creation , an argument for her
metaphysical superiority can be derived from the second creation account by
empha . sizing the fact that woman was created from a man ' s rib , while man
was created ...
as so her metaphysical inferiority , he appears to have assumed that his premise
was obvious that no argument was needed . The one piece of evidence Philo
offered to support his interpretation turns on the temporal priority of man ' s
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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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