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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Alchemists believed that the elements of the universe and the processes of all
things were mirrored in man . 44 Man was called the “ microcosm , ” and in him
was the image of the macrocosm — the universe and all its processes . “ Man is ...
I shall now close my eyes , I shall stop my ears , I shall call away all my senses , I
shall efface even from my thoughts all the images of corporeal things , or at least (
for that is hardly possible ) I shall esteem them as vain and false ; and thus ...
He explained that nature . . . truly teaches me to flee from things which cause the
sensation of pain , and seek after the things which communicate to me the
sentiment of pleasure and so forth ; but I do not see that beyond this it teaches me
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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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