The Devil's gateway' (Tertullian); 'Big children their whole life long' (Schopenhauer); 'The misbegotten male' (Aquinas). Such understandings of women are shocking, not least because they come from the great minds responsible for the formation of the western intellectual tradition. In this collection, the roots of philosophical misogyny are explored and exposed. At times disturbing, at times funny, this anthology comprises a variety of texts. Lesser-known authors such as Otto Weininger and Oswald Spengler are placed alongside well-known pieces from Plato, The Malleus Maleficarum , Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. As such, this is an important addition to the collection of those interested in exploring the relationship between women and society, women and the academy.
Table of ContentsIntroduction PART ONE: THE GREEKS Plato Aristotle PART TWO: THE CHURCH FATHERS Tertullian Augustine Aquinas Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger PART THREE: EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHERS René Descartes Thomas Hobbes John Locke PART FOUR: THE ENLIGHTENMENT David Hume Immanuel Kant Jean-Jacques Rousseau G.W.F. Hegel PART FIVE: MISOGYNY IN THE MODERN AGE Arthur Schopenhauer Friedrich Nietzsche Sigmund Freud Otto Weininger Oswald Spengler J.R. Lucas End Notes Index