Birth, Death, and Femininity: Philosophies of Embodiment

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Robin May Schott
Indiana University Press, 2010 - Philosophy - 267 pages
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"For feminist scholars across the disciplines."---Deber Bergoffen, George Mason University

"I know of no other philosophical work that relates birth and death with sustained, in-depth treatment and connects them to the work of major philosophers."---Claudia Card university of Wisconsin-Madison

Issues surrounding birth and death have been fundamental for Western philosophy as well as for individual existence. The contributors to this volume unravel the gendered aspects of the classical philosophical discourses on death, bringing in discussions about birth, creativity and the entrie chain of human activity. By linking their work to major thinkers such as Heidegger, Nietzsche, Beauvoir, and Arendt, and to major philosophical currents such as ancient philosophy, existentaialism, phenomenology, and social and political philosophy, they challenge prevailing feminist articulations of birth and death. These philosophical reflections add an important sexual dimension to current thinking on identity, temporality, and community.
 

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Contents

Birth Death and Femininity
1
Part 1 Politics of Community
23
Two Sexual Violence Sacrificeand Narratives of Political Origins
25
Arendtian Reflections on War Rape
49
Part 2 Phenomenologies of Mortality and Generativity
71
Four The Sexed Self and the Mortal Body
73
Five Being towards Death
98
Six Future and Others
119
Part 3 Nietzsches Philosophy of Life
155
Seven Nietzsches Philosophy of Birth
157
Eight The Natal Self
186
Part 4 An Ancient Tragedy
209
Reflections on Origins and Death
211
Notes on Contributors
253
Index
255
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Robin May Schott is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (Holocaust and Genocide). She is editor of Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil (IUP, 2007).

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