1st Edition

Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition A Reader

Edited By Beverley Clack Copyright 1999
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    From some of the great philosophers of the Western tradition: The Devils gateway --Tertullian A misbegotten male --Aquinas Big children their whole life long --Schopenhauer The roots of philosophical misogyny in the writings of thinkers from the ancient Greeks through the modern age are exposed and explored in this collection. Beverley Clack questions whether the wisdom of these philosophers can be separated from the misogyny, and whether feminists should seek an alternative to the Western philosophical canon. This collection offers chronological evidence of how the great male thinkers debated the question of woman, provides and introduction of each thinker. The philosophers included are: Plato, Aristotle, Tertullian, Augustine, Aquinas, Kramer, Sprenger, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud, Weininger, Spengler and Lucas.

    Acknowledgements, Introduction: A Fling with the Philosophers, PART I. THE GREEKS, 1. Plato, 2. Aristotle , PART II. THE CHURCH FATHERS, 3. Tertullian, 4. Augustine, 5. Thomas Aquinas, 6. Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, PART III. EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHERS, 7. René Descartes, 8. Thomas Hobbes, 9. John Locke, PART IV. THE ENLIGHTENMENT, 10. David Hume, 11. Immanuel Kant, 12. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 13. G. W. F. Hegel, PART V. MISOGYNY IN THE MODERN AGE, 14. Arthur Schopenhauer, 15. Friedrich Nietzsche, 16. Sigmund Freud, 17. Otto Weininger, 18. Oswald Spengler, 19. J. R. Lucas, Notes, Index


    Beverley Clack is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Stuides at Roehampton Institute, London