The Renaissance Notion of Woman
A Study in the Fortunes of Scholasticism and Medical Science in European Intellectual Life
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Renaissance Notion of Woman by Ian Maclean
Book DescriptionThis study of the world of scholarship and scholarly texts in the Renaissance, the so-called respublica literaria, affords insights into the intellectual infrastructure and modes of thought of the period by its examination of contemporary attitudes towards women. It addresses the questions: What is the notion of woman to be found in Renaissance texts, and how does it evolve? What is the relationship between the notion of woman and that of sex difference, and how is sex difference related in turn to other differences and to the concept of difference itself? Theology, medicine, ethics, politics, and law are examined in succeeding chapters. The threads of the investigation are then drawn together and Dr Maclean shows how the notion of woman was influenced by both forces of conservatism and forces which fostered change, forces which were to be found both inside the confines of intellectual life and beyond them. The final section offers a context for the understanding of European Renaissance feminism and sketches its connections with social and political evolution, humanist scholarship, religious thought and finally problems of language and expression.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521274364
(228mm x 152mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Mar-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Discourse on the Method, Paperback (April 2008)
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Logic, Signs and Nature in the Renaissance, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Ian Maclean
The second in a sequence exploring the foundations of learning in the Renaissance, here focusing on medicine.
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