American Antigone: Hegelian Reflections on the Sheehan-Bush Conflict

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (144):180-192 (2008)
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Abstract

Now that she has retired from public life, philosophers can begin to understand the cultural phenomenon that was Cindy Sheehan, the generally recognized (and self-professed) “‘Face’ of the American anti-war movement.”1 Why did the Iraq War produce domestic resistance led by someone whose moral credentials consisted solely in being a mother? Why was the cartoon-cowboy masculinity of the war president opposed by the equally hyperbolic familial femininity of the “eternally grieving mother of Casey Sheehan”? In what follows, I seek to comprehend the emergence of both the Iraq War and the “face” of its opposition through the most notorious account..

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