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Unformatted text preview: Lucy Irigaray democracy begins between two General Remarks I: Irigaray wants to rescue and recover what has been ignored: the place of women in the traditional canon of thought. Her philosophical work rests, not solely on finding the place but it constitutes an attempt to re-think and create a new space for woman , ultimately a new model for the relationship between man and woman. Irigaray critiques, re-formulates and re-creates womans place in the tradition through the notion of sexual difference rather than equality . General Remarks II: Traditionally, feminism has recuperated the space for women by bringing equality between woman and men through the development of a narrative that questions and contests the role of woman in society. Irigaray rejects this feminist tradition because women remain incapable of transcending the gender segregation inherent to a narrative concerned with superseding the dialectic of the one and the other. General Remarks III: According to Irigaray, previous feminist traditions did not reach the place where women could find subjectivity , rather they presume a representation of women as the one and not the other still encapsulated by historical configuration that is predicated with a male-identified idiom, from which women have been systematically excluded: the tradition of western philosophy. Elizabeth Hirsch and Gary A. Olson, Je-Luce Irigaray: A Meeting with Luce Irigaray , Journal of Advance Composition, (hereafter Meeting) pg, 94 Difference is only possible when womans realm of existence is not equal to mans, but rather is constructed not in opposition but rather as single discourse capable of transcending any discourse limited to a single subject. This new realm of transcendence begins to establish the parameters for the new model of relation between man and woman through values and language that celebrate subjectivity and inner subjectivity. Difference I: Difference II: Womans own recognition of a subject free from hierarchical models of relation in the world permits the acceptance of a double subjectivity or two sides of sexual difference: in this division between the two sides of sexual difference, one part of the world would be searching for a way to find and speak it meaning, its side of signification , while the other would be questioning whether meaning is still to be found in language, values, and life . Luce Irigaray, An Ethics of Sexual Difference , trans. Carolyn Burke and Gillian C. Gill, Cornell University Press, Ithaca New York 1984, pp 216...
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course HUM 282927 taught by Professor Edwards during the Fall '08 term at Florida State College.

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