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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In this way the race of man was created As in the Theogony , Plato posited an
original world without woman . In their primordial state , all humans were male .
Although all men were created equally perfect , each had to choose how to live
Woman is a degeneration of the original state of being . Woman represents a
decline , a punishment . a further estrangement from the happiness of the
heavens . She is less perfect than man because she is more tied to her passions .
Yet she ...
30 Locke thus denies Filmer ' s claim that God ' s curse contains “ the original
grant of government ” ; he sees the curse not as establishing woman ' s
subordination to her husband , but predicting it . Locke explained that it is not law
that binds ...
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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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