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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

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

Claire Colebrook

Edinburgh University Press

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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