Irigaray

Overview

The work of French Philosopher Luce Irigaray has exerted a profound influence on feminist thinking of recent decades and provides a far-reaching challenge to western philosophy's entrenched patriarchal norms. This book guides the reader through Irigaray's critical and creative transformation of western thought. Through detailed analysis of her most important text, Speculum of the Other Woman, Rachel Jones carefully examines Irigaray's transformative readings of such icons of the western tradition as Plato, ...

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Overview

The work of French Philosopher Luce Irigaray has exerted a profound influence on feminist thinking of recent decades and provides a far-reaching challenge to western philosophy's entrenched patriarchal norms. This book guides the reader through Irigaray's critical and creative transformation of western thought. Through detailed analysis of her most important text, Speculum of the Other Woman, Rachel Jones carefully examines Irigaray's transformative readings of such icons of the western tradition as Plato, Descartes, Kant and Hegel. She shows that these readings underpin Irigaray's claim that western philosophy has been dependent on the forgetting of both sexual difference and of our singular beginnings in birth. In response, Irigaray seeks to recover a positive account of sexual difference which would release woman from her traditional position as the 'other' of the subject and allow her to speak as a subject in her own right. In a sensitive reading of Irigaray's work, Jones shows why this distinctively feminist project necessarily involves the transformation of the fundamental terms of western metaphysics. By foregrounding Irigaray's approach to questions of otherness and alterity, she concludes that, for Irigaray, cultivating an ethics of sexuate difference is the condition of ethical relations in general. Lucidly and persuasively written, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars seeking to understand Irigaray's original contribution to philosophical and feminist thought.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is eloquent, well researched, and written by one of thesharpest feminist philosophers and brightest academic thinkers onthe UK scene. It should in fact establish itself as a model forintroductory philosophical texts. This is absolutely first-ratework – philosophy at its best."
Tina Chanter, DePaul University

"Rachel Jones provides an excellent introduction to Irigaray'sthought which will benefit feminist philosophers and theorists aswell as students. Jones gives a lucid and original account ofcentral themes in Irigaray's work, such as the relation betweenmatter and form, the nature of sexual difference, and the idea of afemale subject position."
Alison Stone, Lancaster University

"This valuable and accessible book meets an urgent need for allthose who have wrestled with the intricacies of Luce Irigaray'sprose - or who have found the most important of her writings,Speculum of the Other Woman, simply too baffling. Written inan admirably clear style, Rachel Jones's book breaks new ground inshowing why and how Irigaray's 'fling with the philosophers' stillmatters today."
Christine Battersby, University of Warwick

"This is an astonishing book in its depth and framing ofIrigaray. It offers an important contribution to feminist philosophy and has daring, bold, insightful claims that are notseen in other texts."
Breanne Fahs, Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745651057
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Jones is lecturer in philosophy at the University of Dundee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Towards a Sexuate Philosophy
1. Approaching Irigaray: Feminism, Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy
2. Re-visiting Plato's Cave: Orientation and Origins
3. The Way Out of the Cave: A Likely Story...
4. Woman as Other: Variations on an Old Theme
5. Freud, Lacan, and Speaking (as a) Woman
6. The Status of Sexuate Difference
7. An Ethics of Sexuate Difference
Conclusion: The Incalculable Being of Being Between
Notes
Bibliography

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