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The title of this book invokes two implied contrasts. ‘Rational’ suggests a comparison with ‘emotion’, and also with ‘body’, ‘intuition’, ‘passions’, ‘nature’, ‘experience’ and the ‘irrational’. This book is primarily concerned, in this first comparison, with the contrast between reason and emotion, and more particularly with the role of emotion in rationality. The second tacit comparison in the title refers to how the term ‘woman’ is the intimated opposition from ‘man’.