In Spite of Plato
This book makes an important intervention in contemporary feminist theory. Cavarero takes four figures from ancient Greek texts and reinterprets them using theories of sexual difference.
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- Paperback | 160 pages
- 167 x 231 x 9mm | 258g
- 30 Sep 1995
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Foreword by Rosi Braidotti. Translator's Note. Introduction. 1. Penelope. 2. The Maidservant from Thrace. 3. Demeter. 4. Diotima. Bibliography. Index.
"Now, with the publication, in an excellent translation, of Adriana Cavarero's In Spite of Plato, the important contribution of Italian feminist thought to a feminine "rewriting" of Western philosophy can begin to be fully appreciated, since in her path-breaking work on Plato, Cavarero delineates both the methodology and the subject-matter of a new philosophy ... [with] great elegance and insight ... In Spite of Plato introduces the English-speaking world to a major feminist thinker, whose ideas seem certain to engender heated discussion among philosophers as well as feminists." Times Literary Supplement "There is much challenge and interest in the four closely focused essays of which her book consists ... lively writing." Times Higher Education Supplement "Insightful glimpses into ancient Greek texts ... the most impressive thing about it ... is the completeness of the author's vision." The Heythrop Journal "This short, but rich and unsettling book eventually made a far more powerful impression on me than I had expected ... this is a book of unusual depth and originality." Women's Philosophy Review "With few translations available, Italian feminist philosophy has received little attention in the Anglophone world. This welcome addition helps redress that situation ... there is much in Cavarero's book which ought to make the non-feminist mainstream of philosophy sit up and take notice too." Radical Philosophy "This book is an important development in the theory of sexuate difference ... as all feminists live under the dying light of Plato's sun there is good reason to read 'In Spite of Plato'." Literature and Theology