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Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader.

Stone, Alison (2008) Unthought nature : reply to Penelope Deutscher and Mary Beth Mader. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 19 (3). pp. 150-157. ISSN 1040-7391

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    Abstract

    In response to Mader's and Deutscher's questions, the author defends her approach to reading Irigaray and Butler, which entails extending the ideas of these thinkers into areas of thought with which they do not engage directly themselves. This involves relating Irigaray's ideas to the tradition of the philosophy of nature and interpreting Butler as offering, in spite of her focus on the genealogy of claims about sex, also a theory of sex itself, a theory of sex as an effect entirely of gender. This approach to reading differs from Irigaray's own reading method of expanding and transforming philosophies in light of their constitutive exclusions. An example of this, explored here, is Irigaray's expansion and transformation of Merleau-Ponty's late ontology of flesh in light of its constitutive exclusion, the "maternal sojourn." This article also asks whether rhythmic sexual difference, which the author has attempted to differentiate from biological sex difference, ultimately remains tied to biological sex difference. This commentary suggests that it does but that reference to biological sex difference need not be politically problematic. Finally, the author asks whether the metaphysics of potentials and tendencies that she attributes to Irigaray impedes social change by inevitably reinstalling the actual as the horizon of possibility. Irigaray's strategy of reading texts and cultures for their constitutive exclusions offers a solution to this problem.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies
    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: 30847
    Deposited By: Dr Alison Stone
    Deposited On: 09 Dec 2009 11:18
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:50
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/30847

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