Belief, Bodies, and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Philosophy - 220 pages
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InBelief, Bodies, and Being, twelve distinguished contributors present diverse and illuminating viewpoints on feminist issues of embodiement, materialism, and agency from feminist and postmodernist philosophical perspectives. Beginnning by positing non-traditional ways of approaching ontological concerns (through the acknowledgement of agential realties and the usage of an ontology of tropes), the volume concludes by addressing highly specific, culturally constituted types of postmodern bodies (monstrous, anorexic, and pharmaceutical bodies).
 

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Contents

Thinking through the Body An Introduction to Beliefs Bodies and Being
ix
Posthumanist Performativity Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter
9
Monstrous Reflections on the Mirror of the SelfSame
35
Ontology and Feminism
47
Diotima Wittgenstein and A Language for Liberation
57
Resituating the Feminine in Contemporary French Philosophy
79
Being and Time NonBeing and Space Introductory notes toward an ontological study of Woman and chora
101
To Take a Chance with Meaning under the Veil of Words Transpositions Mothers and Learning in Julia Kristevas Theory of Language
125
In Search of the Body in the Cave Luce Iirigarays Ethics of Embodiment
139
Reconsidering the Notion of the Body in Antiessentialism with the Help of Luce Irigaray and Judith Butler
149
Butlers Sophisticated Constructionism A Critical Assessment
161
A Critique of Feminist Radical Constructivism
183
Applying Time to Feminist Philosophy of the Body
195
Contributors
207
Index
211
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Kathleen Earle is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Eileen Kahl works in the Philosophy and Women's Studies departments at the University of South Florida. Deborah Orr teaches in the Division of Humanities at York University in Toronto. Linda Lopez-McAlister is Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida.

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