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Enlightened Women : Modernist Feminism in a Postmodern Age - Alison Assiter

Enlightened Women

Modernist Feminism in a Postmodern Age

Paperback Published: 28th December 1995
ISBN: 9780415083393
Number Of Pages: 176

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This is a bold and controversial feminist, philosophical critique of postmodernism. Whilst providing a brief and accessible introduction to postmodernist feminist thought, Enlightened Women is also a unique defence of realism and enlightenment philosophy.
The first half of the book covers an analysis of some of the most influential postmodernist theorists, such as Luce Irigaray and Judith Butler. In the second half Alison Assiter advocates a return to modernism in feminism. She argues, against the current orthodoxy, that there can be a distinction between sex and gender.
For students trying to pick their way through the maze of literature in the area of postmodernist feminism, Enlightened Women is a concise guide to contemporary thought - as well as a radical contribution to the debate.

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"This is a brave and intellectually rigorous book, which goes against the grain of current orthodoxies to challenge some of the postmodern assumptions in the interest of a political project--feminism--that we should not discard." -Elizabeth Wilson "Assister's detailed examinations of the writings of some of the leading proponents of the postmodren turn in feminist philosophy are a welcome contribution to the ongoing debate over the merits and drawbacks of that theoretical development. Her insightful discussions of the roles that reworked ideals of objectivity and rationality can play iin epistemology and ethics are substantial contributions to those fields. . .." -Graham, Creighton University

Introductionp. 1
The Flight from Universalsp. 8
Irigaray, Lacan and Derridap. 30
Realism and Anti-Realismp. 54
Irigaray and the Selfp. 68
Feminist Epistemological Communitiesp. 77
Feminism and Moralityp. 96
Essentialism and Universalism Revisitedp. 110
A Critique of Constructivist Accounts of Sexualityp. 129
Concluding Remarksp. 142
Notesp. 144
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780415083393
ISBN-10: 0415083397
Series: Foundations of the Market Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 28th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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