BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Aristotle on women: physiology, psychology, and politics

    Connell, Sophia M (2021) Aristotle on women: physiology, psychology, and politics. Elements in Ancient Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108713467. (In Press)

    [img] Text
    Connell-Aristotle on Women.pdf
    Restricted to Repository staff only

    Download (651kB)


    Book synopsis: This Element provides an account of Aristotle on women which combines what is found in his scientific biology with his practical philosophy. Scholars have often debated how these two fields are related. The current study shows that according to Aristotelian biology, women are set up for intelligence and tend to be milder-tempered than men. Thus, women are not curtailed either intellectually or morally by their biology. The biological basis for the rule of men over women is women's lack of spiritedness. Aristotle's Politics must be read with its audience in mind; there is a need to convince men of the importance of avoiding insurrection both in the city and the household. While their spiritedness gives men the upper hand, they are encouraged to listen to the views of free women in order to achieve the best life for all.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sophia Connell
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 18:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:10


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item