By Sarah Borden Sharkey (auth.)
This e-book articulates the theoretical outlines of a feminism built from Aristotle’s metaphysics, creating a new contribution to feminist concept. Readers will become aware of why Aristotle was once now not a feminist and the way he may need develop into one, via an research of Aristotle and Aristotelian culture. the writer indicates how Aristotle’s metaphysics can be utilized to articulate a very sophisticated and theoretically strong realizing of gender that could supply a hugely great tool for distinctively feminist arguments.
This paintings builds on Martha Nussbaum’s ‘capabilities procedure’ in a extra explicitly and carefully hylomorphist approach. the writer indicates how Aristotle’s hylomorphic version, built to run among the extremes of Platonic dualism and Democritean atomism, can equally be used this day to articulate a view of gender that takes physically alterations heavily with no lowering gender to organic determinations.
Although written for theorists, this scholarly but obtainable booklet can be utilized to deal with simpler matters and the ultimate bankruptcy explores girls in universities as one instance. This ebook will attract either feminists with constrained familiarity with Aristotle’s philosophy, and students of Aristotle with restricted familiarity with feminism.
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The very structure and functioning of the brain, the organ of mind and mediator of behavior, are inﬂuenced by environmental input both before and after birth. Thus, whatever the genetic and hormonal inﬂuences are on the development of our fetal and newborn brains, they are inextricable from the inﬂuences of the environmental milieu, from sensory input and learning. In addition, in its structure and function, the human brain is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the brain of other animals.
67 It has long been assumed that women would be slower runners than men, were they to compete under any kind of equitable conditions. ”68 Fausto-Sterling cites the 1983 times, for a woman (Joan Benoit), as 2 h, 22 min, and 43 s and, for a man (Alberto Salazar), as 2 h, 8 min, and 13 s. The 2008 records stand at 2 h, 15 min, 25 s for a woman (Paula Radcliffe) and 2 h, 3 min, 59 s for a man (Haile Gebrselassie). The gap between the men’s and women’s records has been getting increasingly smaller: Between 1964 and 1984, it fell from just over an hour and 15 min difference between the record times to a mere fourteen and a half minutes, and between 1984 and 2008, the gap fell again to just under eleven and a half minutes.
Despite his own avowed positions regarding women, Aristotle offers us something useful for understanding both why matter matters, that is, why our differing biology (among other things) is signiﬁcant, without making it determinative or reductive of the person. My claim is absolutely not that, because women can bear children and men cannot, women ought not to develop their other human capacities, that there should be limits in principle on the involvement of women in the professional world, etc.
An Aristotelian Feminism by Sarah Borden Sharkey (auth.)