Hypatia

Hypatia
Volume 14, Number 1, Winter 1999


Contents

Articles

    Dale, Catherine Mary.
  • A Queer Supplement: Reading Spinoza after Grosz
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    Subject Headings:
    • Grosz, E. A. (Elizabeth A.) -- Views on homosexuality.
    • Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677 -- Views on homosexuality.
    • Homosexuality -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    • Homophobia -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    Abstract:
      This article critiques Elizabeth Grosz's understanding that queer theory is unproductive insofar as it disrupts the specific identities of gay and lesbian. Reconsidering ideas about desire, the body, and identity that Grosz takes from Gilles Deleuze's work on Friedrich Nietzsche and Baruch Spinoza, this essay argues that, despite her productive reworking of homophobia in terms of "active" and "reactive" forces, Grosz's application of Spinoza is only partial. Focusing on Spinoza's evaluation of bodies, the essay both critiques Grosz's approach to experimental desire and observes Spinozist preoccupations in order to talk about the experimental body. It concludes that if Grosz were to attend more seriously to the Spinozist imperative to analyze a body in terms of its capabilities—that is, its power to be affected—the epistemological basis of her argument would change. It would be difficult to dismiss the plurality and sensibility of a queer body or its challenge to lesbian and gay as the source of a primary identity.
    Winnubst, Shannon.
  • Exceeding Hegel and Lacan: Different Fields of Pleasure within Foucault and Irigaray
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831.
    • Lacan, Jacques, 1901-
    • Irigaray, Luce.
    • Foucault, Michel.
    • Sexual ethics.
    Abstract:
      Anglo-American embodiments of poststructuralist and French feminism often align themselves with the texts of either Michel Foucault or Luce Irigaray. Interrogating this alleged distance between Foucault and Irigaray, I show how it reinscribes the phallic field of concepts and categories within feminist discourses. Framing both Foucault and Irigaray as exceeding Jacques Lacan's metamorphosis of G.W.F. Hegel's Concept, I suggest that engaging their styles might yield richer tools for articulating the differences within our different lives.
    Ferrell, Robyn, 1960-
  • The Timing of Feminism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kristeva, Julia, 1941-
    • Irigaray, Luce.
    • Psychoanalysis and feminism.
    • Feminist theory.
    • Space and time.
    Abstract:
      Is history a category of reason, or is reason a category of history? These opposing questions have divided the structuralist from the materialist—but neither question is wrong. Analysis of the logic of oppositions challenges feminism, in particular, to find a logic—and a poetics—in which to render its values without historical or theoretical naiveté. I explore the question of the timing of feminism through Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray.
    Nagl-Docekal, Herta.
  • The Feminist Critique of Reason Revisited
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    Subject Headings:
    • Feminist theory.
    Abstract:
      In this essay I distinguish four different modes of feminist critique of reason. Discussing the work of authors such as Keller, Irigaray, and Butler, I point out that the issue of masculine connotations has been addressed with regard to different concepts—or at least different aspects—of reason. In view of a tendency to overdraw the objections, I suggest to reformulate the feminist critique of reason. I also argue that a rediscovery of those philosophical concepts of reason that do not restrict this term to instrumental rationality might be useful for this purpose.
    Parks, Jennifer A.
  • On the Use of IVF by Post-menopausal Women
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fertilization in vitro, Human -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    Abstract:
      Nonfeminist accounts of post-menopausal IVF reject the practice on four main grounds: 1) scarcity of resources; 2) fairness; 3) the "inappropriateness" of post-menopausal motherhood; and 4) concerns for orphaned children. I argue that these grounds are insufficient for denying post-menopausal women IVF access. I then suggest that a feminist evaluation of the practice is more compelling; ultimately, however, we have no strong grounds for a policy denying post-menopausal women access to this technology.

Comment/Reply

    Concepcion, Consuelo M.
  • On Pornography, Representation and Sexual Agency
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carse, Alisa L. Pornography: an uncivil liberty?
    • Pornography -- Social aspects -- United States.
    • Feminism -- United States.
    Abstract:
      I argue that Alisa Carse's call for antipornography legislation sets a potentially dangerous legal move that could threaten to shut off the dialogue women need to redefine the meanings and terms of our sexualities. I also argue that the terms of legitimacy need to be re-examined outside a legal system that systematically fails to protect the rights of sexual minorities.
    Carse, Alisa L.
  • Pornography's Many Meanings: A Reply to C. M. Concepcion
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    Subject Headings:
    • Concepcion, Consuelo M. On pornography, representation and sexual agency.
    • Pornography -- Social aspects -- United States.
    • Feminism -- United States.
    Abstract:
      C.M. Concepcion's review of "Pornography: An Uncivil Liberty?" (Carse 1995) fundamentally misconstrues the position defended in that article. This paper examines possible sources of this misconstrual, focusing critical attention on the narrowly crafted, morally loaded notion of "pornography" that figures centrally in the original argument under review. Pornography is not a category of speech that can be characterized as having one crucial meaning or message, nor is the message of pornography easily identifiable in instances of pornographic speech. This raises the problem of interpretive privilege, which haunts many of the antipornography arguments being offered in the contemporary debate, including the author's own earlier argument.

Review Essay

    Tronto, Joan C., 1952-
  • Care Ethics: Moving Forward
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hekman, Susan J. Moral voices, moral selves.
    • Bubeck, Diemut Elisabet. Care, gender, and justice.
    • Bowden, Peta, 1946- Caring: gender-sensitive ethics.
    • Moral development -- Philosophy.
    • Housewives.
    McLaren, M. A. (Margaret A.)
  • Two Feminist Views on the Self, Identity and Collective Action
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    Subject Headings:
    • Weir, Allison. Sacrificial logics: feminist theory and the critique of identity.
    • Griffiths, Morwenna, 1948- Feminisms and the self: the web of identity.
    • Feminist theory.

Book Reviews

    Hennessy, Rosemary.
  • Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fraser, Nancy. Justice interruptus: critical reflections on the "postsocialist" condition.
    • Justice.
    Bartsch, Ingrid, 1958-
  • Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Harding, Sandra G. Is science multicultural? postcolonialisms, feminisms, and epistemologies.
    • Science -- Social aspects.



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