The philosophy of sex: the absoluteness and relativity of gender characteristics.
Posted on 12. Feb, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||The philosophy of sex: the absoluteness and relativity of gender characteristics.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Authors||Makarov, Vadim V.|
|Journal||Peace Research Abstracts|
|Pagination||459 - 605|
In the Taoist tradition, males are attached to light and females to dark, whereas in European culture, the male is identified with rationality and the female with sensitivity. Males and females are differently conveyed in languages. For example, in some languages, gender is presented by pronouns whereas in other languages it is presented by other structures. Grammar gender suggests an absoluteness of gender characteristics (when one talks about manifest representatives of male or female sexes) and their relativity (when "feminine" grammar forms relate to representatives of both sexes). Thus, while transferring from biological to mental, absoluteness decreases and relativity increases in both sexual and gender characteristics. The author states that the philosophy of sex is part of the philosophy of person. More than that, things that separate the sexes are also things that join them. Philosophical thought has been trying to fix the dialectics of the common and the specific in the gender division of persons. Since classical antiquity, authors have raised questions about androgyny. Recently, in Russian philosophy, Rosanov has formulated an idea about "the third field," which is an alternative to androgyny but that also refuses to bifurcate gender into two absolutely distinct sexes.