Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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More than sixty years ago, Simone de Beauvoir identified the importance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's writings to feminist theory. His exploration of the relationship between the body and the space it inhabits is key to modern phenomenological thinking. But there has been little agreement on how Merleau-Ponty's ideas ultimately have an impact on feminist philosophy. Does his emphasis on physical subjectivity lend a certain agency to all bodies, regardless of sex? Or do Merleau-Ponty's specific descriptions of ...
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Overview

More than sixty years ago, Simone de Beauvoir identified the importance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's writings to feminist theory. His exploration of the relationship between the body and the space it inhabits is key to modern phenomenological thinking. But there has been little agreement on how Merleau-Ponty's ideas ultimately have an impact on feminist philosophy. Does his emphasis on physical subjectivity lend a certain agency to all bodies, regardless of sex? Or do Merleau-Ponty's specific descriptions of physical experience betray an intrinsic bias toward a male heterosexual point of view? The essays presented here by Olkowski and Weiss attempt to situate Merleau-Ponty in the larger context of feminist theory, while impartially evaluating his contributions, both positive and negative, to that theory.In addition to the editors, the contributors are Jorella Andrews, David Brubaker, Judith Butler, Laura Doyle, Helen Fielding, Vicki Kirby, Sonia Kruks, Ann Murphy, Johanna Oksala, and Beata Stawarska.
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“This work is an important addition for specialists, but not geared to undergraduates.”

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“This work is an important addition for specialists, but not geared to undergraduates.”

—A. B. Curry, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271029184
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Series: Re-Reading the Canon
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothea Olkowski is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Gail Weiss is Director of the Human Sciences Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Nancy Tuana

Introduction: The Situated Subject

Dorothea Olkowski

1. Merleau-Ponty and the Problem of Difference in Feminism

Sonia Kruks

2. Only Nature Is Mother to the Child

Dorothea Olkowski

3. White Logic and the Constancy of Color

Helen Fielding

4. The Concept of Flesh

Beata Stawarska

5. Sexual Difference as a Question of Ethics: Alterities of the Flesh in Irigaray and Merleau-Ponty

Judith Butler

6. Culpability and the Double Cross: Irigaray with Merleau-Ponty

Vicky Kirby

7. Urban Flesh

Gail Weiss

8. Vision, Violence, and the Other: A Merleau-Pontean Ethics

Jorella Andrews

9. Bodies Inside/Out: Violation and Resistance from the Prison Cell to The Bluest Eye

Laura Doyle

10. Female Freedom: Can the Lived Body Be Emancipated?

Johanna Oksala

11. Care for the Flesh: Gilligan, Merleau-Ponty, and Corporeal Styles

David Brubaker

12. Language in the Flesh: The Disturbance of Discourse in Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Irigaray

Ann Murphy

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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