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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Looking first at the material of woman ' s creation , an argument for her
metaphysical superiority can be derived from the second creation account by
emphasizing the fact that woman was created from a man ' s rib , while man was
created from ...
Just as we use language to transform the chaos of undifferentiated sense
perceptions into the ordered world of things and activities , God gave the
unformed raw material of his initial creation its definition . The linguistic act , the
act of naming ...
For a discussion of these points , see Battersby , Gender and Genius and
Merchant , The Death of Nature . 3 . This is particularly true in Genesis 2 when
the term for create / creation switches from " barah , " a term used only in relation
to divine ...
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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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