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 evidence Aristotle offered in support of this explanation demonstrates the
extent to which his biases affected his science . According to him , “ observed
facts confirm what we have said . For more females are produced by the young
and by ...
Aristotle , however , turned the preponderance of birth defects in males into a
mark of perfection ! He insisted that male defects are caused not by a lack of heat
, but rather by man ' s superiority in this regard . Twisting his own logic , Aristotle ...
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 is “ better than body . ” It has a higher degree of being ...
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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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