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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Another carry - over from the original doctrine of the scale of nature was the belief
in continuity — that there would be no gaps in the ladder of perfection . “ The
whole chasm in Nature , from a Plant to a Man , is filled up with diverse Kinds of ...
On the basis of this , she argues that the creation of female and male from the
original being was an action more difficult and sophisticated , and thus indicates
a higher level of creation . For further discussion of such craftsperson imagery ,
In Hesiod and the Language of Poetry , Pucci argues that the nature of woman ' s
creation introduces a distinction between what is original - men and gods — and
what comes later and is no longer original . Pandora is a copy , an imitation .
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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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