On the Excellence of Men

Marcelle Maistre Welch and Vivien Bosley

in Three Cartesian Feminist Treatises

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226676531
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226676555 | DOI:
On the Excellence of Men

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This chapter discusses François Poullain de la Barre's summary of a more complete response to the authority of the Holy Scripture. The view of the equality of the sexes is easier to establish through the rules of Holy Scripture than through those of philosophy, provided that in both cases one does not rely on childhood prejudices but, rather, uses one's own eyes to discover the truth one seeks—being certain that those who read Scripture precisely and without prejudice will find there nothing to give them reason to believe that God has made men more perfect and more capable than women nor, as a consequence, that the former are, in His eyes, more noble and estimable than the latter. This is no doubt how the church fathers proceeded, and St. Clement of Alexandria is one of those who has given the clearest explication.

Keywords: François Poullain; Holy Scripture; equality; prejudices; truth; church fathers; Clement of Alexandria

Chapter.  25043 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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