Patterns of Dissonance - A Study of Women and Contemporary Philosophy

Author(s): Rosi Braidotti; Elizabeth Guild (Translator)


This book is a brilliant and timely analysis of the complex issuesraised by the relation between women and philosophy. It offers acritical account of a wide range of contemporary philosophical andfeminist texts and it develops this account into an originalproject of critical feminist thought. Braidotti examines contemporary French philosophy as practisedby men such as Foucault and Derrida, showing that they rely on anotion of 'the feminine' in order to undermine classical thought,which bears no direct relevance to the historical experience ofwomen. Braidotti then looks at the attempts of contemporary feministthinkers in Europe and the United States to show the genderednature of discursive power games. She discusses the contributionsof Luce Irigaray and many other feminist theorists to theunderstanding of sexual difference and of its implications forphilosophy and politics. This book will be of interest to studentsand researchers in women's studies, feminist theory, social theory,cultural studies, philosophy and literature, and anyone interestedin contemporary feminism and the relation between feminist theory,post-structuralism and psychoanalysis.

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General Fields

  • : 9780745609126
  • : Polity Press
  • : Polity Press
  • : 0.478
  • : June 1991
  • : 1.9 Centimeters X 15.6 Centimeters X 22.9 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rosi Braidotti; Elizabeth Guild (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 336