Less Noble Sex Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman's Nature

ISBN-10: 0253208300

ISBN-13: 9780253208309

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nancy Tuana

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"Less perfect than man, though more perfect than other animals, woman is incapable of rational thought and lacks in a moral sense; in fact, woman is characterized by a dangerous sexuality in need of control." Such beliefs were once accepted a priori as evidence of women's inferiority. Ranging over literature from philosophy, cosmology, theology, and science, Nancy Tuana examines theories of woman's nature to illustrate the way scientific literature, from Classical times through the late nineteenth century, has been influenced by - and has in turn affected - religious and philosophical tenets. Tuana provides a framework for understanding the persistence of the Western view of woman as inferior. Equally important, she juxtaposes scientific, philosophical, and religious reasoning on this topic in order to illustrate how disciplines affect and reinforce one another. Only recently have some philosophers and social scientists come to accept the view that science is a social institution influenced by culture and society. Tuana shows that science has also been 'gendered': sexist biases have permeated the entire structure of science, from its very conception.
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List price: $24.00
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 12/22/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Between Man and Animal
In the Beginning
The Misbegotten Man
The Weaker Vessel
Not in God's Image
The Less Noble Sex
The Hysteria of Woman
Creativity's Soil
Children of the Gods
The Weaker Seed
The Beautiful Evil
In Man's Control Postscript
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