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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Not in God ' s Image Western ethical and legal theories , strongly influenced by
Christianity , refer most commonly to the soul or the mind to demonstrate human
superiority over all . other animals . Some theorists , claiming that only humans ...
This weakness is the result of woman ' s inferior soul BioLOGY AND SOUL :
Aristotle . As the cosmology of Plato became the science of Aristotle , a biological
explanation was offered for the imperfection of woman ' s soul . For Aristotle , soul
the male semen that makes the soul human ; the female merely nurtures the soul
placed in her by the male . Aristotle thus gave two reasons for viewing man as a
more perfect image of the divine : he has a more perfect soul , and he partakes ...
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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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