Could I have been a woman?: Meditations on a controversial benediction

Philosophy and Literature 34 (2):425-434 (2010)
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Abstract

As a Jewish man, I am expected by tradition to thank God each morning for not having made me a woman. I argue that in order to sincerely offer such thanks, I must believe that I could have been born female. While Saul Kripke seems to deny that possibility, a Kripkean who accepted Talmudic notions of embryology would not be so troubled. The danger of possession by a female spirit and the misfortune of coming into existence add further twists to the plot.

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Berel Dov Lerner
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