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Alchemy, Domination, and Gender Alchemy, Domination, and Gender <i>William R. Newman</i>

William R. Newman

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0014
 Alchemy, Domination, and Gender  Alchemy, Domination, and Gender  William R. Newman

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Evelyn Fox Keller and Carolyn Merchant claimed that the alchemical worldview was an attractive alternative to the repressive, patriarchal mechanical philosophy, which succeeded it. This essay shows that alchemy was hardly the rose-tinted framework that feminists, following Jung and Eliade, believed it to be, and actually contained some of the violent imagery that they decried in later science.

Keywords: alchemy; hermetic; Jung; Eliade; Carolyn Merchant

Chapter.  6142 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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