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  • Birth, Death, and Femininity: Philosophies of Embodiment
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  • Edited by Robin May Schott. With contributions by Sara Heinämaa, Robin May Schott, Vigdis Songe-Møller, and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
  • 2010
  • Published by: Indiana University Press
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Issues surrounding birth and death have been fundamental for Western philosophy as well as for individual existence. The contributors to this volume unravel the gendered aspects of the classical philosophical discourses on death, bringing in discussions about birth, creativity, and the entire chain of human activity. By linking their work to major thinkers such as Heidegger, Nietzsche, Beauvoir, and Arendt, and to major philosophical currents such as ancient philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, and social and political philosophy, they challenge prevailing feminist articulations of birth and death. These philosophical reflections add an important sexual dimension to current thinking on identity, temporality, and community.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. One. Introduction: Birth, Death, and Femininity
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1. Politics of Community
  2. p. 23
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  1. Two. Sexual Violence, Sacrifice,and Narratives of Political Origins
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. Three. Natality and Destruction: Arendtian Reflections on War Rape
  2. pp. 49-69
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  1. Part 2. Phenomenologies of Mortality and Generativity
  2. p. 71
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  1. Four. The Sexed Self and the Mortal Body
  2. pp. 73-97
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  1. Five. Being towards Death
  2. pp. 98-118
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  1. Six. Future and Others
  2. pp. 119-153
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  1. Part 3. Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Life
  2. p. 155
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  1. Seven. Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Birth
  2. pp. 157-185
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  1. Eight. The Natal Self
  2. pp. 186-208
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  1. Part 4. An Ancient Tragedy
  2. p. 209
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  1. Nine. Antigone and the Deadly Desire for Sameness: Reflections on Origins and Death
  2. pp. 211-251
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-267
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