Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Irigaray, Heidegger and the question of sexual difference: An examination of the phenomenological stakes of Irigaray's later work
by van Leeuwen, Anne, Ph.D., New School University, 2010, 169; 3413260
Abstract (Summary)

In this dissertation, I examine Luce Irigaray's protracted engagement with Heidegger throughout the past twenty-five years of her work. By closely examining this engagement, I attempt to recast one of the central questions of Irigaray scholarship, namely the meaning and significance of her invocation of sexual difference. On one hand, then, this project is intended as a work of Irigaray scholarship, one that specifically contributes to debates surrounding the question of sexual difference in her work. On the other hand, however, it is a project in feminist philosophy, one that, through Irigaray's thought, seeks to critically reexamine what it might mean to philosophize as a feminist. That is, I attempt to show that Irigaray's invocation of sexual difference tacitly provides the occasion for but also necessitates these broader meta-theoretical reflections. For this reason, while the question of sexual difference delimits the problematic, these broader meta-theoretical questions are always implicitly at stake. Indeed, by invoking sexual difference as it is unthought within the interstices of Heideggerian phenomenology, Irigaray thereby demonstrates the deep complicity of these two seemingly antithetical or at least fundamentally separable domains of inquiry, namely feminism and phenomenology. Concomitantly, what we see is that the meaning and significance of sexual difference designates exactly this ineluctable complicity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baracchi, Claudia
Commitee: Chanter, Tina, Critchley, Simon
School: New School University
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 71/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Heidegger, Martin, Irigiray, Luce, Phenomenological stakes, Sexual difference
Publication Number: 3413260
ISBN: 9781124136660
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