- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823262197
- ISBN-13: 978-0823262199
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos 1st Edition
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"The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos is the first book-length feminist study to undertake a deconstructionist and psychoanalytic reading of Aristotle's cosmology. This approach is fruitful; in contrast to most of the feminist commentaries on Aristotle, which are critiques of his overt misogyny, Emanuela Bianchi elaborates an original and important argument that posits the feminine symptom as an aleatory force of becoming that exceeds the conceptualization of teleology at the heart of Aristotle's project. This book will be of interest to feminist scholars, philosophers and theorists engaged in the effort to think the new, in the effort to think the event."--Rebecca Hill, RMIT University, Melbourne
"Showing the absolute centrality of sexual difference to all of his work, Bianchi also reveals the disruptive, inassimilable and excessive presence of the feminine in Aristotle. The female offspring in Aristotle's biology is a symptom of a philosophical dilemma, sign of the aleatory nature of matter disturbing the telos, the final cause. Juxtaposing the systematic and phenomenological, and emphasizing Aristotle's paradoxical commitment to both, Bianchi resists both blame and repair, and through the performance of a 'critical intimacy' with the immense Aristotelian corpus she offers a brilliant and fresh reading of this original and formidable thinker of the Western tradition. Drawing in voices from Plato to Pussy Riot, Bianchi illuminates the potential for a new politics of aleatory feminism in the present."--Page DuBois, University of San Diego
About the Author
Emanuela Bianchi is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the editor of Is Feminism Philosophy Philosophy?
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