Exploding traditional dualities such as inside/outside, form/content, subject/object, and self/other, Irigaray shows how an understanding of such experiences points to gender blindness in both classic and contemporary theory. Asserting that women have never known a love of self out of which a non-dominated love of the other is possible, Irigaray argues that only when women insist on the integrity of their own spaces of embodiment can love become the basis of a revolution in ethics.
Published in French in 1984, An Ethics of Sexual Difference is now available in English
in a superb translation by Carolyn Burke and Gillian C. Gill. Readers interested in feminist theory, literary theory, and philosophyindeed anyone deeply concerned with gender relationswill be challenged by the brilliance and boldness of Irigaray's analyses.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Luce Irigaray, a trained, psychoanalyst, has two doctorates, one in linguistics and one in philosophy. Her books include Speculum of the Other, This Sex Which is Not One, and Ethics of Sexual Difference, all published by Cornell University Press.
Table of ContentsTranslators' NotePart ISexual DifferenceSorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato, Symposium, "Diotima's Speech"Place, Interval: A Reading of Aristotle, Physics IVPart IILove of SelfWonder: A Reading of Descartes, The Passions of the SoulThe Envelope: A Reading of Spinoza, Ethics, "Of God"Part IIILove of Same, Love of OtherAn Ethics of Sexual DifferencePart IVLove of the OtherThe Invisible of the Flesh: A Reading of Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible, "The Intertwining-The Chiasm"The Fecundity of the Caress: A Reading of Levinas, Totality and Infinity, "Phenomenology of Eros"
What People are Saying About This
"In An Ethics of Sexual Difference, Luce Irigaray offers the strongest feminist readings in the history of philosophy that I know. These readings enter the philosophical canon with a fine critical edge, 'miming' the masters, and exposing the erasure/construction of the feminine by which they proceed. Theoretically extravagant but pervasively erudite, Irigaray's text not only recasts philosophy as feminist reading, but establishes feminist criticism at its most philosophically consequential. Translated with precision and nuance, this text will now alter the field of 'philosophy and feminism' in English-speaking contexts."