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By Beverley Clack

The Devil's gateway' (Tertullian); 'Big little ones their complete lifestyles lengthy' (Schopenhauer); 'The misbegotten male' (Aquinas). Such understandings of girls are stunning, no longer least simply because they arrive from the good minds chargeable for the formation of the western highbrow culture. during this assortment, the roots of philosophical misogyny are explored and uncovered. every now and then demanding, now and then humorous, this anthology includes numerous texts. Lesser-known authors resembling Otto Weininger and Oswald Spengler are positioned along famous items from Plato, The Malleus Maleficarum , Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. As such, this can be an immense addition to the gathering of these attracted to exploring the connection among ladies and society, ladies and the academy.

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51–67. 220 CE Introduction and Background Tertullian, one of the great ‘Fathers’ of the Latin Church, was an African, a citizen of what is now modern Tunisia. 2 This side of his character is particularly noticeable when his writings on women are considered. His On Female Dress contains material which is often cited by feminists drawing attention to the patriarchal roots of the Christian Church. 3 In this piece, Tertullian argues that women should dress ‘as Eve mourning and repentant, in order that by every garb of penitence she might the more fully expiate that which she derives from Eve’.

Feminism and Ancient Philosophy (London: Routledge, 1996); especially S. B. Levin, ‘Women’s Nature and Role in the Ideal of the Polis: Republic V Revisited’, pp. -M. Bowery, ‘Diotima Tells Socrates a Story’, pp. 175–94. 2 ARISTOTLE 384–322 BCE Introduction and Background A pupil of Plato, Aristotle was to become as influential as his tutor in defining the shape of western philosophy. Like Plato, Aristotle’s main concern was to explore the question of how one should live in this world. However, Aristotle’s discussion of this question takes place against a rather different understanding of reality.

S. Thelwall (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1869). Tertullian 51 Tyrians dyed, and the Phrygians embroidered with the needle, and the Babylonians with the loom, and pearls gleamed, and onyx-stones flashed; if gold itself also had already issued, with the cupidity2 which accompanies it, from the ground; if the mirror, too, already had licence to lie so largely, Eve, expelled from paradise, Eve already dead, would also have coveted these things, I imagine! No more, then, ought she now to crave, or be acquainted with (if she desires to live again), what, when she was living, she had neither had nor known.

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