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 creation myths of religion and the hierarchical ordering of existence in the
science of biology comprise the two primary sources in Western intellectual
thought for the belief in woman ' s lack of perfection . The second section of the
book is ...
However , with the first thought of the Perfect One , the female principle appeared
. “ And [ his Ennoia performed a ) deed and she came forth , ( namely ] she who
had ( appeared ] before him in the shine of ] his light . " 71 The female principle is
Women and the Dialectics of Nature in Eighteenth Century French Thought . " In
Nature , Culture , Gender . Eds . Carol MacCormack and Marilyn Strathern .
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 1980 . Bloom , Allan . “ Rousseau on
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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
Between Man and Animal
The Weaker Vessel
The Hysteria of Woman
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