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Womanizing Nietzsche : Philosophy's Relation to the

Womanizing Nietzsche

Philosophy's Relation to the "Feminine"

Paperback Published: 2nd March 1995
ISBN: 9780415906821
Number Of Pages: 256

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In "Womanizing Nietzsche, " Kelly Oliver uses an analysis of the position of woman in Nietzsche's texts to open onto the larger question of philosophy's relation to the feminine and the maternal. Offering readings from Nietzsche, Derrida, Irigaray, Kristeva, Freud and Lacan, Oliver builds an innovative foundation for an ontology of intersubjective relationships that suggests a new approach to ethics.
Oliver argues that while Freud, Nietzsche and Derrida, in particular, attempt to open up philosophy to its other--the unconscious, the body, difference, even the feminine--their attempts depend on closing off the possibility of a specifically feminine other. In this regard, Oliver maintains that none of these theorists have escaped the Hegelian model of intersubjectivity at the level of Lordship and Bondage. She suggests that the recent talk of the death of philosophy is a symptom of the exclusion of woman, the feminine and the maternal. By problematizing and reformulating the traditional philosophical association between the maternal and nature, Oliver presents an alternative model for intersubjectivity and ethics.

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"Kelly Oliver has produced a powerful reading of the complex and commonly unrecognized investments that even philosophers who challenge the very limits of philosophy--Nietzsche, Derrida, Lacan--have in the containment and exclusion of women, femininity and maternity. . . . This book is an example of the best that feminist theory and philosophy have to offer each other." -Elizabeth Grosz, Monash University "Who is Nietzsche and who will he have been--the last and most outrageous in a line of misogynistic philosophers since Plato or the thinker who opens the possibility for a genuine critique of essentializing conceptions of gender and of the debilitating fetishism of a narrow conception of reason? "Womanizing Nietzsche puts the reader into the midst of the intense and sophisticated discussion of these questions that has raged since the appearance of Jacques Derrida's "Spurs. . . . In articulating these themes Kelly Oliver brings to bear a comprehensive and systematic perspective on the work of Derrida, Irigaray, Kristeva and those writing in their wake." -Gary Shapiro, University of Richmond

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Ethics of Reading: Reading (at) the End of Philosophy
Introduction: Apocalypse Nowp. 3
Opening and Closing the Possibility of a Feminine Otherp. 10
Becoming Woman: Autocastration, Emasculation and Self-Violence as Feminizationp. 33
The Ethics of Sexual Difference: The Problem of the One and the Many
Introduction: Why Sexual Difference?p. 53
The Question of Appropriationp. 58
The Plaint of Ariadnep. 83
The Ethics of Maternity: Giving Birth to the (M)other
Introduction: Why Woman Is Not (Merely) a Motherp. 129
Emasculate Conceptionp. 137
Save the Motherp. 165
Conclusion: The Ethics of Intersubjectivityp. 194
Notesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780415906821
ISBN-10: 0415906822
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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