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By Sophia M. Connell

ISBN-10: 1316486052

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Aristotle's account of woman nature has obtained normally damaging remedy, emphasising what he says adult females can't do. construction on contemporary examine, this e-book comprehensively revises such readings, commencing the complicated and confident position performed by way of the feminine in Aristotle's concept with a specific concentrate on the longest surviving treatise on copy within the old corpus, the iteration of Animals.

It presents new interpretations of the character of Aristotle's sexism, his conception of female and male interplay in new release, and his account of inherited positive aspects. It additionally discusses more than a few extra common matters which could and may be re-examined in gentle of Aristotle's account of lady animals: his method, hylomorphism, teleology and psychology.

Aristotle on girl Animals may be worthwhile to all these drawn to Aristotle's philosophy and the background of gender.

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The idea of naturalness suggests to the modern mind a direct connection with biology, which is why feminist critics turn to Aristotle’s biological works where they seek (and often claim to find) arguments for female inferiority. In order to create such connections feminists have sometimes taken what is expressed in passage (P2), the idea that women are fitted by nature to be ruled over, and linked this to Aristotle’s description of the female role in generation. A further passage from the Politics is similarly linked to Aristotle’s reproductive biology – wherein is contained the idea that women are somehow intellectually impaired.

In most cases, the goal of these investigations was to uncover a systematic and comprehensive denigration of women in the ‘Western tradition of thought’ or the ‘Western mind-set’. By uncovering a network of misogyny, it was perhaps hoped that radical changes would be brought about, reforming thousands of years of sexist thinking. A favoured focus of attention fell on the apparent tendency in Western philosophy to dichotomize existence into hierarchized dualisms. 1 Using this type of analysis these feminist historians of philosophy attempted to locate and criticize the symbolic systems, gendered at heart, that supposedly underlie Western metaphysics.

Feminists who want to make sense of Aristotle’s views in his Politics often turn to his biological account of female nature. Passivity in reproduction is one of the factors that Aristotle uses to justify the social and legal inferiority of women (Cantarella 1987, 60; my emphasis). 42 40 41 42 However, whether this interpretation stands depends on how one understands the term ‘unauthoritative’ (akuros) in the passage. 4). ‘Since the time of Aristotle in the West, men have thought it important to justify their social dominance by appealing to ostensibly natural differences between males and females’ (my emphasis) (Longino and Doell 1983, 207).

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