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Ethics of Eros : Irigaray's Re-writing of the Philosophers - Tina Chanter

Ethics of Eros

Irigaray's Re-writing of the Philosophers

Paperback Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780415905237
Number Of Pages: 384

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"Ethics of Eros" sheds light on contemporary feminist discourse by bringing into question some of the basic distinctions and categories that orchestrate it. The work of Luce Irigaray serves as a focus for interrogating the opposition between "French" and "Anglo-American" feminism as articulated in the debate over essentialism.
Tina Chanter defends Irigaray against charges of essentialism by showing that such criticisms fail to consider the theoretical background of her work. Chanter demonstrates that Irigaray inherited and attempted to move beyond the philosophical framework of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas. In tackling the debate over essentialism, Chanter also reconsiders the sex/gender distinction that has been fundamental to feminist theory.
"Ethics of Eros" seeks to recast the differences between "French" and "Anglo-American" feminism so that they no longer represent opposing views but become capable of productive exchanges. It explains the circumstances in which the debate over essentialism arose and reveals how essentialist misreadings of Irigaray gained currency in feminist theory. The book illuminates Irigaray's writings and demonstrates the insights they hold for current feminist theory and philosophy.

Prefacep. 1
Tracking Essentialism with the Help of a Sex/Gender Mapp. 21
Two Dominant Feminist Motifsp. 21
The Sex/Gender Mapp. 24
Reading/Writing As/Like a Woman/Feministp. 26
The Rise and Fall of Essentialismp. 31
Sex and Gender Revisitedp. 39
Science and Feminismp. 42
Essentialism Revisitedp. 44
The Legacy of Simone De Beauvoirp. 47
Culture and the Otherp. 47
The Privileged Role of the Writerp. 51
Hegel's Concept of the Other and Sartre's Idea of Freedomp. 55
The Concept of Risk in Hegel's Master-Slave Dialecticp. 60
The Complexity of Women's Complicityp. 68
Beyond Beauvoirp. 73
Looking at Hegel's Antigone through Irigaray's Speculump. 80
Site and Foresight in Irigaray's Approach to Hegelp. 82
Why Does Antigone Remain Unconscious of the Ethical?p. 89
The Family and the State - Part/Wholep. 90
The Family and the State - Potentiality/Actualityp. 94
The Irreplaceability of the Brotherp. 97
The Eternal Irony of the Communityp. 108
Woman's Place in the Dialectic of Nature and Historyp. 112
Antigone's Evasionp. 116
Irigaray, Heidegger, and the Greeksp. 127
The Question of Being, the Question of Sexual Differencep. 127
Space/Timep. 146
Aristotle on Placep. 151
Diotima's Discourse on Eros in Plato's Symposiump. 159
Nietzsche's Veilsp. 164
Heidegger's Relation to Metaphysics and Irigaray's Relation to Feminismp. 167
Levinas and the Question of the Otherp. 170
The Impossibility of Being Otherp. 170
Levinas and Phenomenologyp. 177
The Face-to-Face Relationp. 181
Inequality, Asymmetry, and Singularityp. 190
Erotic Desire and the Ethical Relationp. 196
The Eclipse of Eros and the Emergence of Maternityp. 198
Levinas and Feminismp. 207
Irigaray's Critique of Levinasp. 214
Derrida, Irigaray, and Feminismp. 225
Rethinking Phenomenologyp. 225
Dancing Partners: Derrida, Levinas, Heidegger, and the Femininep. 231
Questions of Strategy and Stylep. 239
Between Irigaray and Derridap. 245
Afterword: Irigaray, Freud, Lacanp. 255
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780415905237
ISBN-10: 0415905230
Series: Culture; 21
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 17.02  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1