Until very recently the practice of philosophy was dominated by white, European men who are now (mostly) dead. Perhaps with the increasing participation of women in academia, and in society as a whole, philosophy is changing. Perhaps the way is now open for new interpretations, meanings, and dialogues in which women also speak. Where will such a speaking begin? Out of what tradition will they be able to speak? In this insightful and challenging approach to some of the great classics of Western philosophy, Inglis and ...
Until very recently the practice of philosophy was dominated by white, European men who are now (mostly) dead. Perhaps with the increasing participation of women in academia, and in society as a whole, philosophy is changing. Perhaps the way is now open for new interpretations, meanings, and dialogues in which women also speak. Where will such a speaking begin? Out of what tradition will they be able to speak? In this insightful and challenging approach to some of the great classics of Western philosophy, Inglis and Steinfeld play with a past that never occurred, a past that would have supported women in their search for meaning. Inglis and Steinfeld are after a different kind of hermeneutics, one that reads between the lines, a hermeneutics of subversion. This feminist hermeneutics begins with the recognition of sexism in the traditional canon and stresses the relevance of focusing on the glaring absence of women's perspectives from the long history of that canon. It locates the impact of women's missing voices in the most central metaphors that inform Western thought. And then it rethinks the canon around the thought that is absent. Here one may read about Plato's cave and the Eleusinian mysteries; what might happen if Anselm's proof for God encountered an argument for Goddess; a version of Kierkegaard's myth of Abraham in which he must respond to Sarah; a curious conversation between Nietzsche's Ubermensch and an old woman in a nursery rhyme; and a Heidegger who must confront the matricidal nature of his abyss. Inglis and Steinfeld's distorted readings create texts that did not occur, could not occur. At best this is a future located behind our past. At least, it should provide an interesting exploration of the limits of interpretation.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 0391037137 1991 first edition Humanities Press (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey), 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall black faux leather hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, gilt lettering to spine, xix, 164 pp. A near fine copy in a like dust jacket which is nicely preserved and displayed in a clear archival Brodart sleeve. ~SP40~ Stressing the pivotal nature of both language and metaphor in Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, Gill first offers a detailed identification and examination of all the major metaphorical expressions used by Merleau-Ponty in his main works, including Phenomenology of Perception, his major essays; and in his final unfinished volume, The Visible and the Invisible. Gill then provides a summary of Merleau-Ponty's perspective on the nature of language and thought, the role of metaphor, and the function of philosophy. At a time when the nature and function of metaphorical thought and expression has become a crucial intersection for philosophical and scientific thought on the one hand, and artistic and religious thought on the other, such a study is especially significant. Moreover, since the topic of metaphor has been taken up extensively by both analytic and continental philosophers, Mcrlcau-Ponty's work offers an excellent opportunity for establishing lines of connection between phenomenological and analytic philosophy. 'A valuable contribution to the study of Merleau-Ponty's use of language. '
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