A revolution of love: thinking through a dialectic that is not "One"

Roberts, Laura (2017) A revolution of love: thinking through a dialectic that is not "One". Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 32 1: 69-85. doi:10.1111/hypa.12306

Author Roberts, Laura
Title A revolution of love: thinking through a dialectic that is not "One"
Journal name Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-5367
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/hypa.12306
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 85
Total pages 17
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Luce Irigaray argues that the way to overcome the culture of narcissism in the Western tradition is to recognize sexuate difference and to refigure subjectivity as sexuate. This article is an attempt to unpack how Irigaray's philosophical refiguring of love as an intermediary works in this process of reimagining subjectivity as sexuate. If we trace the moments in Irigaray's philosophy where she engages with Hegel's dialectic, and rethinks this dialectical process via the question of sexual difference and a refiguring of love, a clearer reading of her work as groundbreaking and ultimately refiguring our (Western) ontological structures becomes possible. Consequently, if we do not understand Irigaray's radical reformulation of love, we will miss her larger ontological project and fail to properly appreciate her comments on other types of difference—for example, differences of race, tradition, religion. This article argues that as we begin to appreciate the ways in which Irigaray refigures both love and thought as the intermediary, an intermediary that fundamentally disrupts phallocentric binary logic, we can begin to imagine how refiguring the most intimate human experience of love can lead us toward the realization of an ethical political community in which difference in all forms is nourished.
Keyword Sexual Difference
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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