Abstract

The argument of this paper is that Aristotle's claims about sexual difference in his biological works and in the Politics are not directly linked. First, I consider the claims that are foundational to Aristotle's views about sexual difference, in the biological treatises and in the Politics. Second, I consider the possibility that Aristotle believed that the connection between biological and political sexual differences lies in a material requirement that reproduction and political life share: body temperature. I argue against this possibility, and conclude that, in Aristotle's view, political sexual differences emerge from the social roles assigned to men and women.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 215-231
Launched on MUSE
2009-06-03
Open Access
No
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