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 one piece of evidence Philo offered to support his interpretation turns on the
temporal priority of man ' s creation in the second version of the Genesis myth .
Philo claimed that the order of creation reflects metaphysical priorities . " First He
39 John Calvin ( 1509 – 1564 ) shared Luther ' s desire to offer a more positive
image of woman ' s nature than that of Augustine or Aquinas . His primary
purpose in doing so , however , was to elevate the institution of marriage .
Because of ...
18 He also offered a scriptural justification for a sexual division of labor ,
explaining that the passage in Genesis in which woman is compared to a
building ( Genesis 2 : 22 ) should be interpreted to mean that a man without a
woman is ...
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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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