Carlon Robbins PHILS Reading Response 12/05/10 Irigaray: “Plato’s Hystera,” from Speculum of the Other Woman The Belgian-French feminist. Speculum de l’autre femme (; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly From Irigaray held a research position at the Centre National de la . Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and.

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There is more to say, but I’ll leave it there. Fitch – – Otehr Studies 24 2: Borody has criticised Luce Irigaray’s phallogocentric argument as misrepresenting the history of philosophies of “indeterminateness” in the West.

The infant must break with the mother nature, pre-symbolic in order to become a subject culture, symbolic order. Draws on Eastern philosophy and meditative techniques such as yoga to suggest new approaches to the question of sexual difference.

Ethics, Power, and Corporeality. In many of her texts, Irigaray seeks to unveil how both psychoanalytic theory and philosophy exclude women from a genuine social existence as autonomous subjects, and relegate women to the realm of inert, lifeless, inessential matter.

One among many unique claims of Lacan’s is that the infant acquires irigarat difference in his or her relationship to the Phallus. Feminism, Nature and Difference. I particularly respect her guts in going after not only Freud, but Plato and Hegel as well. Irigaray describes herself as analyzing both the analysts and the philosophers.


Irigaray: “Plato’s Hystera,” from Speculum of the Other Woman | Carlon Robbins –

Addresses the relationship between men and women within the context of the elements and the senses. Columbia University Press, Her own essay signals what themes she will address with regard to each of the philosophers she discusses. One must have a speuclum to the Phallus if one is to attain social existence.

Three examples from her work illustrate her view. Useful compilation of essays, some of which are found in the texts listed here.

Luce Irigaray (1932?—)

She concluded that general speech patterns specific to each sex do exist and that women often do not occupy the subject position in language. Dense reading, but if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try.

She continued to conduct empirical studies about language in a variety of settings, researching the differences between the way men and women speak. BlatonBernissartWalloniaBelgium. At the end of her An Ethics of Sexual Differenceit is clear that Irigaray does not believe that Western culture is ethical, and that the primary reason is its treatment of women and nature. A series of essays that address diverse issues such as civil rights for women and prejudices in biology about the mother-fetus relationship.


This occurs in the mirror stage at roughly six months. Luce Irigaray and “the Greeks”.

Luce Irigaray

Although Lacan claims that the Phallus is not connected to male biology, his appropriation of Freud renders this claim false.

Irigaray’s Re-Writing fhe the Philosophers.

This distinct flagship of Post-Modern Feminism delivers a whopping blow to naysayers and conservatives of the feminist movement. Her contributions to feminist theory and continental philosophy are many and her complete works present her readers with a rewarding challenge to traditional conceptions of gender, self, and body.

Under the persuasion of Zeus, Hades agrees to release Persephone from the underworld for half of each year. Women must become full subjects, and men must recognize that they are embodied. Catherine MalabouMartha P. In this style of writing, Irigaray not only will not assume the position of a master-knower who imparts knowledge in a linear manner, she also considers her readers’ reactions to her work to be an integral part of that work.

Irigaray believes that only by asking after the other through mimesis will it be speulum to affect a paradigm shift. Irigaray believes that a language of ‘indirection’ could help bring this to fruition.