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Ethics of Eros:  Irigaray's Rewriting of the Philosophers

Ethics of Eros:  Irigaray's Rewriting of the Philosophers by Tina Chanter  



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Speech is Never Natural by Luce Irigaray
cover The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger (The Constructs Series)by Luce Irigaray, Mary Beth Mader (Translator).  

French theorist Luce Irigaray has become one of the twentieth century's most influential feminist thinkers. Among her many writings are three books (with a projected fourth) in which she challenges the Western tradition's construals of human beings' relations to the four elements-earth, air, fire, and water-and to nature. In answer to Heidegger's undoing of Western metaphysics as a "forgetting of Being," Irigaray seeks in this work to begin to think out the Being of sexedness and the sexedness of Being.

This volume is the first English translation of L'oubli de l'air chez Martin Heidegger (1983). In this complex, lyrical, meditative engagement with the later work of the eminent German philosopher, Irigaray critiques Heidegger's emphasis on the element of earth as the ground of life and speech and his "oblivion" or forgetting of air.

With the other volumes (Elemental Passions and Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche) in Irigaray's "elemental" series, The Forgetting of Air offers a fundamental rereading of basic tenets in Western metaphysics. And with its emphasis on dwelling and human habitation, it will be important reading not only in the humanities but also in architecture and the environmental sciences

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Claire Goldstein on Luce Irigaray, "This Sex which is not one" An explanation of "what is she trying to do?" written for her students at the University of Pennsylvania  
on Irigaray, "Women on the Market" Seiko Yoshinaga wrote this short introduction for a graduate class in rhetoric at Northern Illinois University. Sean McDaniel's version can be read here.  
Luce Irigaray An essay by Brenda Harmon written for Mary Klages' class: English 2010: Modern Critical Thought, at the University of Colorado.


Women on the Market

By Seido Yoshinaga.  Irigaray argues that the pretence of (so-called) hetero-sexual society is a mere alibi covering the fact of a socio-cultural practice of hom(m)o-sexuality. The exchange of women not only smooths the working of men's relations with one another, but also stimulates the exchange of other "wealth" among groups of men. According to Irigaray, Levi-Strauss, on this very point, is surely right in observing that society would fall into disorder without the exploitation of women. In a patriarchal society only women serve as exchangeable "commodities," while men are "exempt from being used and circulated." 

Woman on the Market

By Sean McDaniel.  In his book "Capital" Marx attempts to explain the hidden underpinnings of the capitalist economic system, and to reveal the rather illusionary nature of the relationship between the materiality or utility of a thing, and its perceived "value" in a capitalist society. In her book "The Sex Which is not One," Luce Irigaray argues that there is another similar system that pre-dates and is probably a requirement for capitalism, and yet remains independent of capitalism, that being the subjugation of women as a commodity to men. While for Marx capitalism is a only a stage in the larger process of the evolution of economic systems, for Irigaray  

"from the very origin of private property and the patriarchal family, social exploitation occurred [. . .] [A]ll the social regimes of "History" are based upon the exploitation of one "class" of producers, namely women" (173).

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