Birth, Death, and Femininity

Birth, Death, and Femininity : Philosophies of Embodiment

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222370
  • 9780253222374
  • 138,556

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"For feminist scholars across the disciplines." -Debra Bergoffen, George Mason University "I know of no other philosophical work that relates birth and death with sustained, in-depth treatment and connects them to the work of major philosophers." -Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin-Madisonshow more

About Robin May Schott

Robin May Schott is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (Holocaust and Genocide). She is editor of Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil (IUP, 2007).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Birth, Death, and Femininity / Robin May SchottPart 1. Politics of Community2. Sexual Violence, Sacrifice, and Narratives of Political Origins / Robin May Schott3. Natality and Destruction: Arendtian Reflections on War Rape / Robin May SchottPart 2. Phenomenologies of Mortality and Generativity4. The Sexed Self and the Mortal Body / Sara Heinamaa5. Being toward Death / Sara Heinamaa6. Future and Others / Sara HeinamaaPart 3. Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life7. Nietzsche's Philosophy of Birth / Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir8. The Natal Self / Sigridur ThorgeirsdottirPart 4. An Ancient Tragedy9. Antigone and the Deadly Desire for Sameness: Reflections on Origins and Death / Vigdis Songe-MllerNotes on ContributorsIndexshow more

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