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A House Built on SandExposing Postmodernist Myths About Science$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195117257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195117255.001.0001

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Alchemy, Domination, and Gender Alchemy, Domination, and Gender William R. Newman

Alchemy, Domination, and Gender Alchemy, Domination, and Gender William R. Newman

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A House Built on Sand

William R. Newman

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Evelyn Fox Keller and Carolyn Merchant claimed that the alchemical worldview was an attractive alternative to the repressive, patriarchal mechanical philosophy, which succeeded it. This essay shows that alchemy was hardly the rose-tinted framework that feminists, following Jung and Eliade, believed it to be, and actually contained some of the violent imagery that they decried in later science.

Keywords:   alchemy, hermetic, Jung, Eliade, Carolyn Merchant

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