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Philosophy and the Maternal Body

Reading Silence


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Philosophy and the Maternal Body by Michelle Boulous Walker

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The silence of the feminine voice in the history of philosophy is one of the most pressing problems of contemporary philosophy. Philosophy and the Maternal Body; Reading Silence is the first study to investigate this exclusion through the relationship between philosophy and pregnancy. Drawing on rich examples such as Plato's allegory of the cave, the notion of man' in Marx's philosophy and the insights of Freud and Melanie Klein on the mother, Michelle Boulous Walker shows how the maternal body has played a crucial but overlooked role in shaping ideas at the heart of Western philosophy. Philosophy and the Maternal Body also draws on the more recent work of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva clearly showing how these two key thinkers have combined philosophy and psychoanalysis to develop profound insights into the significance of the maternal body.
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February 26th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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