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Continental Philosophy in Feminist Perspective: Re-Reading the Canon in German

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"We translate what American women write, they never translate our texts," wrote Helene Cixous almost two decades ago. Her complaint about the unavailability of French feminist writing in English has long since been rectified, but the situation for feminist writing by German-speaking philosophers remains today what it was then. This pioneering collection takes a giant step forward to overcoming this handicap, revealing the full richness and variety of feminist critique ongoing in this linguistic community. The essays offer fresh readings of

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Overview

"We translate what American women write, they never translate our texts," wrote Helene Cixous almost two decades ago. Her complaint about the unavailability of French feminist writing in English has long since been rectified, but the situation for feminist writing by German-speaking philosophers remains today what it was then. This pioneering collection takes a giant step forward to overcoming this handicap, revealing the full richness and variety of feminist critique ongoing in this linguistic community. The essays offer fresh readings of thinkers from the Enlightenment to the present, including those often discussed by feminists everywhere—such as Freud, Habermas, Hegel, Kant, and Rousseau—as well as some less subjected to feminist critique such as Benjamin and Weininger.

In their Introduction the editors provide the context for understanding both how these essays fit into the larger picture of developing feminist theory and what makes their contribution in some ways distinctive.

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“Herta Nagl-Docekal’s and Cornelia Klinger’s long-awaited anthology brings together in translation some of the leading feminist philosophers in the German-speaking countries. Despite the increasing ‘internationalization’ of feminist philosophy, in fact it is Anglo-American and French feminists who have won the battles for translation. This book is an important counterbalance to this tendency, and another step toward creating an international dialogue among feminist philosophers. The articles exemplify the strengths derived from a critical engagement with German philosophy. They reflect critically both on canonical texts in Western philosophy, as well as on positions that have become canonical in feminist philosophy.”
—Robin Schott, University of Copenhagen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271019635
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Klinger is a Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Herta Nagl-Dockal is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminist Philosophy in German 1
1 Femininity and Critique of Reason in the French Enlightenment 31
2 Julie, or the Feminine Difference: A New Reading of Rousseau's Nouvelle Heloise 45
3 Philosophy of History as a Theory of Gender Difference: The Case of Rouseau 77
4 Schopenhauer of Kant: Gender Difference Between Critique and Spirit of the Age 101
5 The Female as Ethical Resource in the Philosophy of Hegel 113
6 Woman - Landscape - Artwork: Alternative Realms or Patriarchal Reserves? 147
7 It a Feminist Critique of Logic Possible? 175
8 Georg Simmel: Modernism and the Philosophy of the Sexes 201
9 Explicating the Image of Woman in Psychoanalytic Discourse: Sigmund Freud's Theory of Femininity 231
10 Fin-de-siecle Vienna: A Movement For or Against Womanhood? Some Thoughts on Weininger and Freud 255
11 Woman: The Most Precious Loot in the "Triumph of Allegory": Gender Relations in Walter Benjamin's Passagen-Werk 281
12 A Legacy of the Enlightenment: Imagination and the Reality of the "Maternal" in Max Horkheimer's Writings 303
13 Reason, Gender, and the Paradox of Rationalization 321
Contributors 339
Index 343
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