Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy's Relation to the "Feminine"

Routledge (1995)
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.
Keywords Woman (Philosophy History  Feminist theory
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Call number B2430.D484.O55 1995
ISBN(s) 9780415906814   0415906822   0415906814   9780415906821
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Kelly Oliver (2010). Enhancing Evolution:Whose Body? Whose Choice? Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (s1):74-96.

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