"War and weaponry rose of the society of men not out of that of women, women were involved, but they were never chiefly disposed to these methods with which men went about seeking a structure or civilization with."
I am not sure this claim can be justified with current evidence. Firstly we know that western civilization has, up until recently, been dominated mostly by men. It's been the men most of the time who've made the major political decisions and declared the wars and fired the shots. How do we know that this is not the reason for a lack of women not being "disposed to these methods?" After all, if women have been given domestic roles throughout much of history who are we to judge what they would do if given the chance to create a matriarchal society? Furthermore, perhaps the present period will determine the answer to this question since doors are continually being opened to women where once they stood shut.
As far as Phil and Sophia are concerned I was not aware the the word "philosophy" came about as a result of two names in common usage. I was more under the impression that phil and sophia come from Greek words meaning something along the lines of love and wisdom[or perhaps knowledge. I really ought to learn more ancient greek!]. If philosophy is indeed a word stemming from the Greek equivilant of "love of knowledge" then perhaps one might be more inclined to argue[quite justifiably, I might add] that loving and pursuing knowledge are endeavors that can be, and in fact are, pursued by men AND women of all walks, creeds, faiths, races, and nationalities.
"If history is to change, let it change. If the world is to be destroyed, so be it. If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh"
[This message has been edited by fractal007 (11-07-2002 11:50 PM).]