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Aristotle on Female Animals
A Study of the Generation of Animals


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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316501795

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  • Aristotle's account of female nature has received mostly negative treatment, emphasising what he says females cannot do. Building on recent research, this book comprehensively revises such readings, setting out the complex and positive role played by the female in Aristotle's thought with a particular focus on the longest surviving treatise on reproduction in the ancient corpus, the Generation of Animals. It provides new interpretations of the nature of Aristotle's sexism, his theory of male and female interaction in generation, and his account of inherited features. It also discusses a range of more general issues which can and should be re-examined in light of Aristotle's account of female animals: his methodology, hylomorphism, teleology and psychology. Aristotle on Female Animals will be valuable to all those interested in Aristotle's philosophy and the history of gender.

    • Provides an account specifically of the female role in reproduction in Aristotle
    • Allows a reassessment of classic problems in Aristotle
    • Neither vilifies nor attempts to exonerate Aristotle from charges of sexism, giving instead a more accurate view somewhere in the middle
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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316501795
    • length: 453 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 141 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Methodology in the Study of Aristotle on Female Animals:
    1. Feminism, sexism and Aristotle
    2. Consistency in the Generation of Animals
    Part II. Reassessing the Generative Role of the Female Animal in Aristotle:
    3. Menstrual blood and female semen
    4. Matter
    Part III. Reassessing the Generative Role of the Male Animal in Aristotle:
    5. The male as efficient and formal cause of generation
    6. Interpretations of Aristotle on the male role in generation
    Part IV. Generation in Lower Animals and Particular Instances:
    7. Generation in lower animals
    8. Aristotle on sexual differentiation
    9. Aristotle on heredity
    10. Teleology and necessity in the Generation of Animals

  • Author

    Sophia M. Connell, Newnham College, Cambridge
    Sophia M. Connell is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Selwyn College and a Bye Fellow of Newnham College. She has published articles on Aristotle's biology and on Galen and Aristotle on women's bodies.

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