Carlon Robbins PHILS Reading Response 12/05/10 Irigaray: “Plato’s Hystera,” from Speculum of the Other Woman The Belgian-French feminist. Speculum de l’autre femme (; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly From Irigaray held a research position at the Centre National de la . Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and.

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Luce Irigaray

Irigaray models solidarity among women in her unwillingness to belong exclusively to one group. Includes a discussion of Irigaray, pp.

Cornell University Press This text is a complex engagement with the history of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory. Irigaray elaborates here her own vision for ethical relationships.

Armour – – Hypatia 12 1: In the third section, in which there is no engagement with a male philosopher, Irigaray describes how the infinite is essential to love between men and women. The earth becomes speeculum. I would highly recommend it for any feminist scholar. This focus on wmoan difference is the key characteristic of Irigaray’s oeuvre, since she is seeking to provide a site from which a feminine language can eventuate.

However, in this myth they are ultimately at the mercy of the more powerful males. An example of utopian ideals can be found in Sexes and Genealogies, thinking the differenceand je, tu, nous.


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Hence, in the Lacanian view, the body as humans understand it is something that is constructed in the mirror stage, and sexually differentiated in the entrance to the Symbolic order. In Speculum of the Other WomanIrigaray addresses Freud’s claim in his essay “Femininity” that little girls are only little men.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Irigaray engages with philosophy, iirigaray and linguistics pf order to uncover the lack of true sexual difference in Western culture. An Impracticable Sexual Relationship. For the profession of psychoanalysis, Irigaray believes, female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature Cornell University Press, In the last section, “Plato’s Hystera,” Irigaray reinterprets Plato’s myth of the cave, of the womb, in an attempt to discover the origins of that ideology, to ascertain precisely the way in which metaphors were fathered that henceforth became vehicles of meaning, to trace how woman came to be excluded from the production of discourse.

I think some people find Luce Irigaray annoying, but she is probably my favorite feminist author. More specifically, if Irigaray insists on a universal subject position for women, will it be exclusively determined by first world, white, middle class women? Borody has criticised Luce Irigaray’s phallogocentric argument as misrepresenting the history of philosophies of “indeterminateness” in the West.

Politics Irigaray refuses to belong to any one group in the feminist movement because she believes that there is a tendency for groups to set themselves up against each other. Irigaray describes herself as analyzing both the analysts and the philosophers. In that text she also describes how she and Renzo Imbeni co-authored a “Report on Citizenship of the Union.


Irigaray’s goal is for there to irigarau more than one subject position in language. Male dominance has defined Western culture for centuries. Irigaray and the Sacrifice of the Sacrifice of Woman.

Luce Irigaray, Speculum of the Other Woman – PhilPapers

This type of mimesis is also known as strategic essentialism. Irigaray and her supporters defended her engagement with essentialist views as a strategy. She has participated in several initiatives in Italy to implement a respect for sexual difference on a cultural and, in her most recent work, governmental level.

Dense reading, but if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try. An Indispensable Wave of Passivity. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Fitch – – Philosophical Studies 24 2: Skip to main content. Presently, she is active in the Women’s Movements in both France and Toher. Materializing Race and Kinship in Moraga and Irigaray.

It will be of interest to feminists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, and literary critics.