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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Bible : birth reversals and Christian tradition , 125 – 26 ; women and system of
ritual purity , 186n . 26 . See also Genesis ; Romans Birth reversals : in classical
mythology , 121 - 22 ; in Christian tradition , 125 – 29 Blakeman , J . , 73
... humans in hierarchy as focus of Western , 3 ; Plato ' s Timaeus as , 6 - 7 ;
images of women compared to nineteenth - century evolutionary theory , 50 ;
creativity and gender , 111 - 18 , 121 - 22 ; birth reversals in Christian tradition ,
125 – 29 .
rior creative force in alchemy , 141 - 45 ; Jewish tradition and woman ' s equality
to man , 174n . 21 Mitchell , Silas Weir , 184n . 50 Morality , woman ' s : classical
images of , 79 - 80 , 81 - 82 ; early Christian tradition and , 80 - 82 ; eighteenth ...
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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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