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The Mind Has No Sex?

Women in the Origins of Modern Science

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ISBN 9780674576254

Publication Date: 03/01/1991


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

33 halftones, 15 line illustrations, 2 tables


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  • Introduction
  • 1. Institutional Landscapes
    • Monasteries and Universities
    • Renaissance Courts
    • Scientific Academies
    • Women at the Periphery
    • Parisian Salons
    • Women’s Academies
  • 2. Noble Networks
    • The Curious Matter of Math
    • Noblewomen in Scientific Networks
    • Margaret Cavendish, Natural Philosopher
    • Cavendish, a Feminist?
    • Emilie du Châtelet and Physics
  • 3. Scientific Women in the Craft Tradition
    • Maria Sibylla Merian and the Business of Bugs
    • Women Astronomers in Germany
    • Maria Winkelmann at the Berlin Academy of Sciences
    • The Attempt to Become Academy Astronomer
    • The Clash between Guild Traditions and Professional Science
    • A Brief Return to the Academy
    • Invisible Assistants
  • 4. Women’s Traditions
    • Midwifery
    • Cookbooks for the Health and Pleasure of Mankind
    • Legitimizing Exclusion
  • 5. Battles over Scholarly Style
    • When Science Was a Woman
    • Reading Allegories
    • The Masculine Allegory
    • Did the Feminine Icon Represent Real Women?
    • The Decline of Feminine Icons
    • Competing Scholarly Styles
    • The Attack on the Salon: A Masculine Style?
  • 6. Competing Cosmologies: Locating Sex and Gender in the Natural Order
    • Ancient Cosmologies: Woman as Imperfect Man
    • Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism
    • Descartes and Locke: Is Neglect Benign?
    • Poullain and an Anonymous Englishwoman
    • Modern Anatomy and the Question of Sexual Difference
  • 7. More than Skin Deep: The Scientific Search for Sexual Difference
    • The Female Skeleton Makes Her Debut
    • Crafting Ideals: “Homo perfectus” and “Femina perfecta”
    • Man, the Measure of All Things
    • The Analogy between Sex and Race
  • 8. The Triumph of Complementarity
    • The Domestic Imperative
    • The Physicalists’ Foundations of Complementarity
    • The Political Foundations of Complementarity
    • Asymmetries in Medical Evidence
    • Masculinity, the Measure of Social Worth
    • Purging the Feminine from Science
    • Popular Science and the Decline of the Virtuosa
    • Was Botany Feminine?
  • 9. The Public Route Barred
    • Marie Thiroux d’Arconville: A “Sexist” Anatomist
    • Dorothea Erxleben, Germany’s First Woman M.D.
    • Dorothea Schlözer, Germany’s First Woman Ph.D.
    • Family Assistants: Caroline Herschel
  • 10. The Exclusion of Women and the Structure of Knowledge
    • Is Science Value-Neutral?
    • The Privileged Voice of Science
    • Building the Canon: The Case of Kant
    • The Scientific Guarantee of Difference
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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