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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Passions require the rule of reason ; without such rule , an individual will be
overwhelmed by emotions and desires . Woman ' s typically inferior intellectual
capacities are too weak for her to successfully control her passions . Although
belief in ...
It was Descartes ' s conviction that as long as investigators limited their reason to
that which could be known clearly and followed their rational powers exclusively ,
they would obtain incontrovertible knowledge . There are two very important ...
The man of reason is not gender neutral . 56 Should a woman wish to pursue the
rational life , she would have to deny all that is seen as female - attachment to
individuals , private interests , and maternal feelings . She would have to learn to
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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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