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The Female in Aristotle's Biology: Reason or Rationalization

Robert Mayhew


While Aristotle's writings on biology are considered to be among his best, the comments he makes about females in these works are widely regarded as the nadir of his philosophical oeuvre. Among many claims, Aristotle is said to have declared that females contribute nothing substantial to generation; that they have fewer teeth than males; that they are less spirited than males; and that woman are analogous to eunuchs. This book aims not to defend Aristotle's ideas about females but to defend Aristotle against the common charge that his writings on female species were motivated by ideological bi ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, biology, women, generation, teeth, eunuchs, ideological bias, modern science, speculation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226512006
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226512020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Mayhew, author