Hildegard of Bingen
A discussion of women's place in 12th century Western society according to Hildegard of Bingen.
# 59072 | 1,971 words | 1 source | MLA | 2003 |
Published on Jun 02, 2005 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Women Studies (Philosophy) , Women Studies (Historical Figures) , Women Studies (Spirituality) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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According to 12th century theologist, Hildegard, women were humans, certainly, but they were a sad and inferior brand of human compared to man, and it was their sad lot in life to suffer the consequences of the "Original Sin." In this paper, a thorough discussion of the interpretive essay, "Hildegard of Bingen: On Natural Philosophy and Medicine," is made and presented, along with the author's interpretation of the research. A summary of the research is provided in the conclusion.
From the Paper:"Two concepts become abundantly clear after reading Hildegard's visions about natural philosophy and medicine: The first is that here we have one of the great women in history, a woman capable of organizing and capably administering a monastic complex for a large number of people, as well as orchestrating a means by which she could join the community of theologians who were permitted to write about what was important to them in the 12th century. The second concept is just how bad women had it in the Latin West during this period of history. The women's rights movement was not even a twinkle in anyone's eye yet, but Hildegard of Bingen managed to make a name for herself during a period in history in which the vast majority of women were consigned to dreary, short lives characterized by hard work, disease and hunger."
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