Gender equality – on what basis?

This is a famous essay by Schopenhauer, and the most absurdly sexist piece of writing I have ever read. [Essay here]

I may write more on this some other time, but there were some interesting things in it anyway. Schopenhauer’s extreme dislike for elements of the Christian tradition that had influenced western society is very evident in the essay. In general, it got me wondering about what the best basis for gender equality is, and whether Christianity’s version thereof is merely a slight improvement on Schopenhauer’s ideology, or something much better – noting too that there is dissent within the Christian tradition, of course.

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