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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The one piece of evidence Philo offered to support his interpretation turns on the
temporal priority of man ' s creation in the second version of the Genesis myth .
Philo claimed that the order of creation reflects metaphysical priorities “ First He ...
perfection resulting from her sin of disobedience serves only to reinforce Luther '
s view that woman falls between man and animal with respect to being . 39 John
Calvin ( 1509 – 1564 ) shared Luther ' s desire to offer a more positive image of ...
18 He also offered a scriptural justification for a sexual division of labor ,
explaining that the passage in Genesis in which woman is compared to a
building ( Genesis 2 : 22 ) should be interpreted to mean that a man without a
woman is ...
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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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