By Mary Ellen Waithe (auth.), Mary Ellen Waithe (eds.)
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Translation of the TextS One must deem the harmonious woman to be full of wisdom and self-control; a soul must be exceedingly conscious of goodness to be just and courageous and wise, embellished with self-sufficiency and hating empty opinion. Worthwhile things come to a woman from these - for herself, her husband, her children and household, perhaps even for a city if, at any rate, such a woman should govern cities and tribes, as we see in the case of a royal city. Having mastery over appetite and high feeling she will be righteous and harmonious; no lawless desires will impel her.
Let her walk also apart from them. They harm more than they help, dragging one into misfortune. Treachery and envy and malice abide with them; such a woman would not be serene. One must revere the gods in the confident hope of happiness, obeying both ancestral laws and institutions. After these [the gods = scI. Meineke], I say to honor and to revere one's parents, for they are and effect everything equally to the gods for their offspring. 34 Late Pythagoreans: With respect to her own husband a woman must thus live lawfully and honorably: not considering anything privately, but preserving and guarding her marriage.
Phintys shows why, for women, doing moral philosophy the way men do it - theorizing about what some ideal state or perfect world might be like - requires that women ignore the realities of their social situation. Given that the social order already is the way it is, she raises the question whether it is our moral responsibility to live our lives according to whichever moral theory best takes into account our special circumstances. Phintys says that given the kind of public life men lead in the marketplace and the seat of government, courage and wisdom are essential virtues for men.
A History of Women Philosophers: Ancient Women Philosophers 600 B.C. — 500 A.D. by Mary Ellen Waithe (auth.), Mary Ellen Waithe (eds.)