No radical feminist thinker has provoked as much interest and perplexity as Luce Irigaray. Her claim that western reason is premised on the suppression of sexual difference, her engagement with Lacanian and Derridean theory, and her apparent essentialist conception of the feminine all challenge and disturb in equal measure. Margaret Whitford's groundbreaking study provides the ideal introduction to Irigaray's whole corpus, including previously untranslated French texts. Treating Irigaray as a philosopher of sexual difference, Whitford suggests that her work should be seen as philosophy in the feminine', actively opposing the complicity of philosophy with other social practices which exclude or marginalize women.
"Lucid, clear, critically judicious yet utterly open to the ideas expressed in Irigaray . . . I have every hope that this will become "the standard text on Irigaray."
""Luce Irigaray: Philosophy in the Feminine will revolutionize the ways in which contemporary French feminisms are read. Margaret Whitford provides the finest introduction in English to the writings of Luce Irigaray, who is arguably among the least understood and the most complex of feminist theorists working in the interlocking fields of philosophy, linguistics and psychoanalysis today."
"Thanks to Whitford's clear and concise portrayal of Irigaray's thought, serious argument about its full worth and validity can now begin. Whitford has put us all in her debt."