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The sex of nature : a reinterpretation of Irigaray's 'Metaphysics and political thought'.

Stone, Alison (2003) The sex of nature : a reinterpretation of Irigaray's 'Metaphysics and political thought'. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 18 (3). pp. 60-84. ISSN 0887-5367

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Abstract

I argue that Irigaray's recent work develops a theoretically cogent and politically radical form of realist essentialism. I suggest that she identifies sexual difference with a fundamental difference between the rhythms of percipient fluids constituting women's and men's bodies, supporting this with a philosophy of nature that she justifies phenomenologically and ethically. I explore the politics Irigaray derives from this philosophy, which affirms the sexes' rights to realize the possibilities of their rhythmically diverse bodies.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24187
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 09:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24187

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