David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Continental Philosophy Review 43 (1):97-110 (2010)
Until now post-structuralism and phenomenology are widely regarded as opposites. Contrary to this opinion, I am arguing that they have a lot in common. In order to make my argument, I concentrate on Judith Butler’s poststructuralist concept of performativity to confront it with Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological concept of expressivity. While Butler claims that phenomenological theories of expression are in danger of essentialism and thus must be replaced by non-essentialist theories of performativity, I hold that Merleau-Ponty’s concept of expressivity must strictly be understood in anti-essentialist terms. Following this line of interpretation, “expressivity” and “performativity”—as well as phenomenology and post-structuralism—are not opposites but partners in the search for an anti-essentialist gender concept. Consequently, feminist phenomenology turns out to be a non-essentialist approach that combines phenomenological and post-structural insights.
|Keywords||Judith Butler Maurice Merleau-Ponty Performativity Expressivity Gender Essentialism Phenomenology Post-structuralism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
J. Butler (forthcoming). Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory. Theatre Journal:519--531.
Judith Butler (1994). Interview by Peter Osborne and Lynne Segal, London, 1993. Radical Philosophy 67.
Citations of this work BETA
Anna Petronella Foultier (2013). Language and the Gendered Body: Butler's Early Reading of Merleau‐Ponty. Hypatia 28 (4):767-783.
Similar books and articles
Anthony J. Steinbock (1987). Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Depth. Philosophy Today 31 (4):336-351.
Shannon Sullivan (2000). Feminism and Phenomenology: A Reply to Silvia Stoller. Hypatia 15 (1):183-188.
David Johnson (2009). Merleau-Ponty and the Other World of Painting: A Response. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 40 (1):89-97.
Leonard Lawlor (1998). The End of Phenomenology: Expressionism in Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 31 (1):15-34.
Alison Stone (2005). Towards a Genealogical Feminism: A Reading of Judith Butler's Political Thought. Contemporary Political Theory 4 (1):4.
Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan (2007). That Which “has No Name in Philosophy”: Merleau-Ponty and the Language of Literature. [REVIEW] Human Studies 30 (4):395 - 409.
M. C. Dillon (1971). Gestalt Theory and Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Intentionality. Man and World 4 (4):436-459.
Silvia Stoller (2000). Reflections on Feminist Merleau-Ponty Skepticism. Hypatia 15 (1):175-182.
Veronica Vasterling (2003). Body and Language: Butler, Merleau-Ponty and Lyotard on the Speaking Embodied Subject. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 11 (2):205 – 223.
Added to index2010-04-17
Total downloads58 ( #28,558 of 1,099,788 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #21,120 of 1,099,788 )
How can I increase my downloads?