Feminist Interpretations of Mary Daly

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This open-ended anthology is a journey into the very canon that Mary Daly has argued to be patriarchal and demeaning to women. This volume deauthorizes the official canon of Western philosophy and disrupts a related story told by some feminists who claim that Daly’s work is unworthy of re-reading because it contains fatal errors. The editors and contributors attempt to prove that Mary Daly is located in the Western intellectual tradition. Daly may be highly critical of conventional Western epistemological and theological traditions, but she nevertheless appropriates themes “out-of-context” for the building of her own systematic philosophy.

The following are just a few of the many themes explored in this volume:

• the question of subjectivity understood as an ongoing process of be-coming

• the ambiguity of the need for feminists of colonial nations to speak out about violence against women in other parts of the world while that speaking carries with it the stamp of a colonial location

• the territoriality of lesbian and women’s space

• the theological dimensions of twentieth-century Western philosophy.

Contributors are Wanda Warren Berry, Purushottama Bilimoria, Debra Campbell, Molly Dragiewicz, Frances Gray, Amber L. Katherine, AnaLouise Keating, Anne-Marie Korte, María Lugones, Geraldine Moane, Sheilagh A. Mogford, Laurel C. Schneider, Renuka Sharma, and Marja Suhonen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271020181
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Re-Reading the Canon
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Lucia Hoagland is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.Marilyn Frye is Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Preface ix
Introduction 1
1 Feminist Theology: The "Verbing" of Ultimate/Intimate Reality in Mary Daly 27
2 The Courage to See and to Sin: Mary Daly's Elemental Transformation of Paul Tillich's Ontology 55
3 Deliver Us from Evil: Bad Versus Better Faith in Mary Daly's Feminist Writings 76
4 Toward Biophilic Be-ing: Mary Daly's Feminist Metaethics and the Question of Essentialism 112
5 The Murder of the Goddess in Everywoman: Mary Daly's Sado-Ritual Syndrome and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale 132
6 Be-ing Is Be/Leaving 164
7 Women's Voices, Women's Words: Reading Acquaintance Rape Discourse 194
8 Elemental Philosophy: Language and Ontology in Mary Daly's Texts 222
9 Wicked Calo: A Matter of the Authority of Improper Words 246
10 "A Too Early Morning": Audre Lorde's "An Open Letter to Mary Daly" and Daly's Decision Not to Respond in Kind 266
11 (Re)reading Mary Daly as a Sister Insider 298
12 Where Silence Burns: Sati (suttee) in India, Mary Daly's Gynocritique, and Resistant Spirituality 322
13 Back to the Mother? Feminist Mythmaking with a Difference 349
14 Psychic Liberation: Feminist Practices for Transformation Among Irish Women 389
15 Just/ice in Time: On Temporality in Mary Daly's Quintessence 418
Secondary Sources on Mary Daly: A Selected Bibliography 429
Contributors 434
Index 438
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