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Philosophy and Post-structuralist TheoryFrom Kant to Deleuze$
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Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622276

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622276.001.0001

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Irigaray: The Specula(ra)tive Ec(h)onomy

Irigaray: The Specula(ra)tive Ec(h)onomy

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(p.129) 4 Irigaray: The Specula(ra)tive Ec(h)onomy
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Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory
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Claire Colebrook

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622276.003.0005

This chapter discusses the philosophy of Irigaray. Like Heidegger, Irigaray's critique of Western metaphysics seems poised between an attempt to think the ground of thought — a ground that has always been figured as feminine — and a refusal to posit that ground as a presence, being or essence to which thought might simply return. Irigaray's thought concerns the modality of transcendence: the way in which thought directs itself towards what is other than itself. If Heidegger's Destruktion of metaphysics can be understood as neither a simple return to thought's ground, nor a location of thought within a representational scheme, Irigaray's uptake of the question of transcendence can be seen to harbour a similar double strategy. This chapter discusses how to read Irigaray reading metaphysics; feminine metaphysics; the question of sexual difference; sensible transcendence; transcendence as sexual difference; the sensible transcendental; the time of sexual difference; beyond the location of the sexual transcendental; and autonomy.

Keywords:   metaphysics, transcendence, feminism, sexual difference, autonomy

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