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Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation Paperback – June 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 004-6442015035 ISBN-10: 0807015032 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Revised edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807015032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807015032
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mary Daly is the first modern feminist philosopher. She has written a brave, visionary, unforgettable book. I wish every woman would read it so that the bright prism of this sister's mind could shimmer for them, as it did, in this volume, for me." – Robin Morgan

"I believe Mary Daly has struck the main nerve of the woman's movement ... There is a crying need of women for identification with any sort of embodiment of the First Cause, The Female Principle and Daly's book, Beyond God the Father, will be a landmark in that great event which she so perceptively categorizes as the 'second coming – of women'" – Elizabeth Gould Davis, author of The First Sex

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Mary Daly (1928–2010) was a world-renowned radical feminist philosopher who held doctorates in theology and philosophy from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Her groundbreaking books include Church and Second Sex, Beyond God the Father, Gyn/Ecology, Pure Lust, Websters' First New Intergalatic Wickedary of the English Languague (Conjured in Cahoots with Jane Caputi), and Outercourse.

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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful By "radicalfeminist" on August 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's amazing to me just how many readers don't get Mary Daly! That someone compared her to Hustler Magazine is too funny! Oh, I bet Professor Daly would love that! For those of you who didn't know, Daly has several doctorates (in philosophy and theology) from Fribourg University in Switzerland; she has published many phenomenal, intellectually stimulating, truly groundbreaking books; she's an amazing linguist with a dictionary of terms all her own; and she was a tenured professor at Boston College for many years. That the average reader from Philly hasn't a clue what she's saying is hardly surprising. Daly is a philosopher, a theologian, a scholar, writing for an intellectual feminist audience. Her ideas are not more of the usual male-defined babble, (which is why some readers may get "kicked out of school" for citing her as a reference) but rather radical, eye-opening, amazing challenges to the status quo. Of course, she's not for everyone (truly their loss). However, I've found her philosophy and her books to be quite enlightening, and I am most grateful for and encouraged by all that I have learned from her. Yes, Mary Daly is out of this world! (And with the Bush Administration at the helm, that's probably about the best place to be!)
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72 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy the Stooges Woman on January 19, 2000
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Some rebellious soul at my extremely fundamentalist college's library managed to procure a copy of this book when it first came out (1979 or 1980, I believe), and when I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. After I'd finished it, I began a little civil disobedience - putting up signs in the commissary to the effect that God was a sexist, the Rapture was a myth, etc. When the administration got wind of it, they called me into the Dean's office and I proudly told them I had come to realize Christianity was a sexist myth used mainly to keep women in their place. I (naively) showed him the book that had brought about this realization, Mary Daly's "Beyond God the Father," and the poor guy almost had a heart attack right there in the office. The end result was, I was "allowed" to stay (though I was forbidden to post any more subversive signs) and the library was warned not to purchase any more books by that author. Fortunately, they ignored that directive, and I ignored mine, and as a result, had a much more exciting time in college than I'd ever dreamed. What a great book!
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46 of 63 people found the following review helpful By matt on June 15, 2000
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This book, along with many of the attempts to disuade seekers from using traditional language when referring to God, is very useful if you want to understand what Daly's view of religion is but not so useful if you want to read an accurate book on the subject which isn't so slanted. A great place to start is "God or Goddess," by Hauke. "Speaking the Christian God" by Kimel is very useful. For a true historical look at the place of women in the clergy of the Christian tradition, Hauke's "Women in the priesthood?" is exhaustive. Not to be too timid here, I would recommend "Ungodly Rage" by Donna Steichen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 14, 2011
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Mary Daly (1928-2010) was a radical feminist philosopher and theologian who taught at Jesuit-run Boston College for 33 years; she retired in 1999, after a discrimination claim was filed against the college by two male students who claimed to want to be admitted to her advanced Womens Studies courses. She also wrote the books The Church and the Second Sex, Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism, Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy, Websters' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language, Outercourse: The Be-Dazzling Voyage, QUINTESSENCE: Realizing the Archaic Future A Radical Elemental Feminist Manifesto, and Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big.

She wrote in the Preface to this 1973 book, "This book is in a real sense a sequel to 'The Church and the Second Sex,' published in the late sixties... The earlier book manifested some of the anger and ebullient hope that characterized the period immediately following the Second Vatican Council.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
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White males are clearly threatened when Mary Daly speaks of their cowardly embracing of phallocratic, eurocentric sexist paradigms. Her explorations of Women who fight the white male agenda of hatred, with their silly worship of a male "god", is brilliant. A book I want my adopted daughter to read when she's old enough.
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