By Sophia M. Connell
Aristotle's account of woman nature has acquired typically unfavorable therapy, emphasising what he says women can't do. construction on fresh study, this ebook comprehensively revises such readings, starting up the complicated and confident position performed by way of the feminine in Aristotle's proposal with a specific concentrate on the longest surviving treatise on copy within the historical corpus, the new release of Animals.
It presents new interpretations of the character of Aristotle's sexism, his idea of female and male interplay in iteration, and his account of inherited beneficial properties. It additionally discusses a number of extra basic matters that could and may be re-examined in gentle of Aristotle's account of girl animals: his technique, hylomorphism, teleology and psychology.
Aristotle on girl Animals may be worthwhile to all these attracted to Aristotle's philosophy and the background of gender.
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This theory does not appear in any form in Aristotle and seems to be, in fact, Green’s own creation. The mistakes made by Tuana and Green are rather more blatant than most. But a general lack of attention to detail is apparent in many feminist critiques and leaves them open to the legitimate criticisms of specialists. The idea that a woman’s biological nature has made her incapable of reasoning, or has caused a defect in her soul, is not available in the Politics or the biology and the connections made by Tuana and Green can be easily dismissed as specious.
Correlatives can only be understood in relation to one another, such as double, which must be understood as double of what is half of it (Cat. 11b25–8). Contraries are opposites which either admit intermediaries or not. For instance, white and black have the intermediate state of greyness, whereas odd and even do not have anything in-between. In the latter case, one or other opposite must adhere in a given subject. ‘For example, both health and disease may be said to be naturally present in the bodies of all living things, and in consequence one or the other must be present in animal bodies’ (Cat.
48 But it seems that one need not go this far. At the very least, if we accept that he is not responsible for the way in which his ideas were later used, this will allow the rightminded feminist to study his works without anxiety. 4 Combining the concerns of feminist and traditional scholars of Aristotle Having disentangled Aristotle the biologist from the idea of him as misogynist metaphysician, one might wonder if it is at all proﬁtable to read his work from a feminist point of view. The feminist commentator on Aristotle so far presented appears at best to simplify his ideas to ﬁt a modern agenda, and at worst to distort his philosophy.
Aristotle on Female Animals: A Study of the Generation of Animals (Cambridge Classical Studies) by Sophia M. Connell