Carlon Robbins PHILS Reading Response 12/05/10 Irigaray: “Plato’s Hystera,” from Speculum of the Other Woman The Belgian-French feminist. Speculum de l’autre femme (; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly From Irigaray held a research position at the Centre National de la . Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and.

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Iriggaray reasons for this designation are revealed in Speculum of specuulum Other Woman where she demonstrates how philosophy-since Ancient times-has articulated fundamental epistemological, ontological, and metaphysical truths from a male perspective that excludes women. Luce Irigaray and Sylvere Lotinger. Irigaray is particularly active in the feminist ov in Italy. Please help by adding reliable sources.

According to Lacan, infants in the mirror stage do not differentiate between themselves and the world. InIrigaray published This Sex Which is Not One Ce sexe qui n’en est pas un which was subsequently translated into English with that title and published inalong with Speculum.

It will be of interest to feminists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, and literary critics. Indiana University Press, However, in this myth they are ultimately at the mercy of the more powerful males.

Ethics While ethics is a constant theme throughout her work, Irigaray’s text An Ethics of Sexual Difference is devoted to this theme. Highlights central disagreements between prominent feminist thinkers about Irigaray’s work.

She is currently the Director of Research in Philosophy at speculim center, and also continues her private practice. Books by Luce Irigaray. Her contributions to feminist theory and continental philosophy are many and her complete works present her readers with a rewarding challenge to traditional conceptions of gender, self, and body. The Silenced Feminine in Nietzsche and Heidegger. The Phallus is the privileged master signifier of the Symbolic order.


Her text I love to youwhich focuses on both language and ethics, is a clear example of how her discussion of ethics can also be developed from a Hegelian perspective. Irigaray thus argues that Western culture privileges identity, unity, and sight-all of which she believes are associated with male anatomy.

Sign in Create an account. She believes that language typically excludes women from an active subject position. Irigaray’s argumentation is problematic at times, but always compelling, and her account of the Western subject is a revelation. Further, Irigaray believes that all women have historically been associated with the role of “mother” such that, whether or not thw woman is a mother, her identity is always defined according to that role.

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Irigaray on the Problem of Subjectivity. Irigaray believes that a language of ‘indirection’ could help bring this to fruition. For the profession of psychoanalysis, Irigaray believes, female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature can only be misunderstood by those irigxray continue to regard women in masculine terms. Irigaray employs mimesis because she believes that womwn ‘second sex’ cannot exist in its own right or with a positive form of identity as opposed to being viewed as a deformed version of male identity until we have not speeculum challenged, but also passed back through the oppressive formulation of sexual difference in contemporary Western culture.

An accessible compilation of key essays by Lacan on feminine sexuality. Based on this analysis, Irigaray says that sexual difference does not exist. Irigaray describes herself as analyzing both the analysts and the philosophers.

Luce Irigaray (1932?—)

Originally a student of the famous analyst Jacques Lacan, Irigaray’s departure from Lacan in Speculum of the Other Womanwhere she critiques the exclusion of women from both philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, earned her recognition as a leading feminist theorist and continental philosopher.


Influenced Catherine MalabouMartha Wmoan.

Irigaray refrains from prescribing a new identity because she wants women to determine for themselves how they want to be defined. True sexual difference would require that men and women are equally able to achieve subjectivity. Ogher asked too much from this, Irigaray’s debut work. Natural Deduction Othsr for English. If I remember right, this is the book that got Irigaray sacked by Lacan. Published by Cornell University Press first published October 1st While she is clearly influenced by the history of philosophy, her own project of creating a new space for otyer women does not permit her to privilege any one philosophical approach.

An example of Irigaray’s most recent collaborations with Italy, and a testimony to her commitment to her ideas, is her collaboration with the Commission for Equal Opportunities for the region of Emilia-Romagna. Very clear description of difficult aspects of Irigaray’s thought. Irigaray believes that, through writing in this style, she can take culture as a whole as her analysand.

In one law she suggests that virginity needs to be protected under the law so that women have control over their own wkman. The perception that Luce Irigaray’s work is essentialist concentrates on her attention to sexual difference, taking this to constitute a rehearsal of heteronormative sexuality.

Further, Irigaray believes that we must think both otherness and divinity in conjunction with embodiment.

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However, Irigaray follows the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in understanding sexual difference as a difference that is assigned in language. Newsletters Comment Print this page. Yeah, that’s right, I just summarized it all in one sentence, like that’s even possible.