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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50 Thus , the body is rejected as a source of knowledge and emotion is excluded
from the realm of the rational , to be seen instead as a source of error . To gain
truth , individuals must purify their thoughts of all distortions — expectations ...
A number of theorists suggested that the relative weight of the brain to the body
was the true measure of intelligence . Using this measure , the influential German
anatomist Friedrich Tiedemann ( 1781 – 1861 ) and others demonstrated that ...
Spencer worked out the application of this principle to the human body . "
According to him , each body forms a closed system , which contains only a finite
amount of energy . Since the functioning of each organ requires expenditure of
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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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