In Helen A. Fielding and Dorothea E. Olkowski (ed.), Feminist Phenomenology Futures. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 313-327 (2017)

Emily S. Lee
California State University, Fullerton
Sexual and racial differences matter. Indeed, facile assumptions of sameness born from the desire to claim universal truths persist as a dangerous tendency. Difference matters and we have yet to fully understand what difference means. But claims of absolute difference have a history of justifying colonization and recently can justify slipping into indifference about people with different embodiment. In philosophy of race’s emphasis that race has ontological significance, such emphasis on difference can leave differently racialized and sexualized people living in isolation from each other. Absolute sameness and absolute difference are not true to phenomenological experience. Philosophy has long debated the relation between identity and difference, from its metaphysical origin in the relation between monism and dualism, to Hegel’s formulation of a dialectical relation between identity and difference. But the idea of an identity-in-difference explores a more immediate relation between the two. Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s work explores the idea of an identity-in-difference throughout his phenomenology in both its epistemic and ontologic senses. This paper explores at least four instantiations of the relation of identity-in-difference in Merleau-Ponty’s work to argue for upholding the value of both difference and sameness in developing our understanding of race.
Keywords Identity-in-difference  Philosophy of race  Feminist philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Upload history
External links

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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Philosophy and the Question of Multiplicity.Andrew C. Haase - 1996 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Construing Identity Under the Role of Difference.Endre Kiss - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 17:75-87.
Indifference, Description, Difference.John J. Stuhr - 2012 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (1):25-37.
Do Animals Have Technologies?Galit Wellner - 2017 - Studia Phaenomenologica 17:265-282.
Seksualiteit en subjectiviteit.R. Bernet - 1988 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 50 (2):231 - 247.
The Philosophical Politics of Jean-Franqois Lyotard.Tim Jordan - 1995 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25 (3):267-285.
Ethical Internalism and Moral Indifference.Sharon E. Sytsma - 1995 - Journal of Value Inquiry 29 (2):193-201.
Identity Trouble: Disidentification and the Problem of Difference.Josè Medina - 2003 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (6):655-680.


Added to PP index

Total views
153 ( #57,012 of 2,330,358 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
27 ( #23,050 of 2,330,358 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes