Feminist Interpretations of René Descartes / Edition 1

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Contributors are Susan Bordo, Stanley Clarke, Erica Harth, Leslie Heywood, Luce Irigaray, Genevieve Lloyd, Mario Moussa, Eileen O'Neill, Adrianna Paliyenko, Ruth Perry, Mario Sáenz, Karl Stern, Thomas Wartenberg, and James Winders.

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Continues the already extensive series of feminist readings of major philosophers in the western tradition by looking at the work of Descartes (1596-1650) the articulator of much modernist thought. The 14 essays examine reason as attainment, postmodern turns against the Cartesian subject, radical doubt and the liberation of women, Cartesian autobiography and post-Cartesian testimonials, and other topics. The collection is intended to complement the standard introductory undergraduate texts. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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“All in all, a fascinating journey!”
—Katherine Rudolph, Hypatia

“All in all, a fascinating journey!”

—Katherine Rudolph, Hypatia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018584
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Re-Reading the Canon
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Bordo is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky and is the author of several books, including Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (1993) and Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O. J. (1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Descartes and Gender
1 Descartes 29
2 Selections from The Flight to Objectivity 48
3 Reason as Attainment 70
4 Descartes's "Gender" 82
Pt. 2 Gender (and Other) Trouble in the Meditations
5 Wonder: A Reading of Descartes, The Passions of the Soul 105
6 Writing Like a Man(?): Descartes, Science, and Madness 114
7 Postmodern Turns Against the Cartesian Subject: Descartes's "I," Lacan's Other 141
Pt. 3 Descartes and Women
8 Radical Doubt and the Liberation of Women 169
9 Descartes's Mood: The Question of Feminism in the Correspondence with Elisabeth 190
10 Cartesian Women 213
11 Women Cartesians, "Feminine Philosophy," and Historical Exclusion 232
Pt. 4 Cartesian Man
12 When Descartes Met the Fitness Babe: Academic Cartesianism and the Late Twentieth-Century Cult of the Body 261
13 Rehabilitating the "I" 280
14 Cartesian Autobiography/Post-Cartesian Testimonials 305
Select Bibliography on Descartes, Cartesianism, and Gender 328
Contributors 332
Index 335
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