Disputed Subjects: Essays on Psychoanalysis, Politics, and Philosophy

Routledge (1993)
_Disputed Subjects_ analyzes some of the assumptions behind the contemporary attraction to rationalistic notions of justice and knowledge and discusses why modernity cannot be emancipatory. The effects of gender relations in constituting modern political ideas and theories of knowledge are explored, while at the same time the author identifies problematic aspects of discourses such as psychoanalysis, postmodernism and feminist theorizing. Flax pays special attention to recurrent difficulties concerning maternity, sexuality and race within feminist theorizing, and she addresses the inadequacies of postmodernist accounts of subjectivity and gender. She analyzes psychoanalysis as a discursive formation to identify its particular organization of knowledge and power
Keywords Feminist theory  Psychoanalysis and feminism  Postmodernism  Philosophy, Modern 20th century
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Call number HQ1190.F59 1993
ISBN(s) 0415907896   9780415907897
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