A Feminist physiology: B. J. Feijoo (1676-1764) and his advice for those in love
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A Feminist physiology: B. J. Feijoo (1676-1764) and his advice for those in love

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dc.contributor.author Serrano, Elena
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-11T16:50:54Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-11T16:50:54Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/81306
dc.description.abstract This essay analyzes how the Benedictine monk Benito Jerónimo Feijoo (1676-1764), one of the most popular Spanish natural philosophers in Europe and America, discussed amorous attraction. In an attempt to reconcile Catholic dogma with empirical knowledge, Feijoo explained the origin of love as the result of wave-like interactions between sensual stimulus, imagination, nerve fibers, and the heart. His physiological model considered men and women to be equal in their internal constituents, which had important consequences for a possible science of matching. First, a possible match could only be known by a physical encounter; second, love bonds could be controlled by training the imagination; third, a harmonious society with happy marriages required accepting the intellectual equality of the sexes. The essay suggests how our knowledge about the nature of emotions influences the way we imagine an ideal society, as it is ultimately about the forces that attract and separate people, as well as the mechanisms to control them.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Isis, 2021, vol. 112, num. 4, p. 776-785
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Serrano, Elena 2021 A Feminist physiology: B. J. Feijoo (1676-1764) and his advice for those in love Isis 112 4 776 785
dc.subject Dones
dc.subject Feminisme
dc.title A Feminist physiology: B. J. Feijoo (1676-1764) and his advice for those in love
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2022-01-11T16:50:55Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1086/716879
dc.identifier.idgrec 149336

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