Abstract

As a Jewish man, I am expected by tradition to thank God each morning for not having made me a woman. I argue that in order to sincerely offer such thanks, I must believe that I could have been born female. While Saul Kripke seems to deny that possibility, a Kripkean who accepted Talmudic notions of embryology would not be so troubled. The danger of possession by a female spirit and the misfortune of coming into existence add further twists to the plot.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 425-434
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-02
Open Access
No
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