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Aristotle on the Matter of FormA Feminist Metaphysics of Generation$
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Adriel M. Trott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474455220

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455220.001.0001

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Feminist Critics of Aristotle’s Biology and Metaphysics

Feminist Critics of Aristotle’s Biology and Metaphysics

(p.27) 1 Feminist Critics of Aristotle’s Biology and Metaphysics
(p.iii) Aristotle on the Matter of Form

Adriel M. Trott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the many issues that feminist critics have raised both to accuse Aristotle of misogyny and to defend Aristotle’s conception of the female, matter, and the feminine. This chapter thus lays out the questions that set up the book: To what extent is Aristotle’s biology offering a positive role for the female and for matter in generation? To what extent does Aristotle’s biology influence the rest of his corpus? To what extent is Aristotle’s metaphysics normative, privileging form—and thus male—over matter—and thus female? To what extent is artifice the proper model of generation for Aristotle? The chapter thus looks at feminists who say Aristotle’s biology is sexist, those who say it is not, and thus who find the problem more fundamentally rooted in Aristotle’s metaphysics.

Keywords:   Feminist critics, form, matter, male, female, sexist, misogyny

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