Towards a Philosophy of Freedom?

Birgit Schippers

in Julia Kristeva and Feminist Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640898
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671830 | DOI:
Towards a Philosophy of Freedom?

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This chapter further develops the reference points of Kristeva's political philosophy that were established in the preceding chapter, but it asks a more specific question: how can we read Kristeva's philosophy of freedom as a feminist philosophy? And how does Kristeva's conception of freedom enhance feminism, understood as a political project? Drawing on an exposition and critical analysis of some of Kristeva's most recent writings, this chapter critically interrogates the geopolitical and geophilosophical premise that underpins her discussion of freedom and that establishes Europe as a privileged space of freedom. Moreover, it assesses this geopolitical element of Kristeva's discussion against the psychosexual and racial narratives that underpin her philosophy of freedom. The chapter concludes by sketching the elements of a Kristevan feminist theory that is attuned to her critique of the subject, along with its emphasis on heterogeneity, alterity and fluidity, but that embraces more consciously and fully the potentially radical implications of her ideas.

Keywords: philosophy of freedom; freedom; political philosophy; feminist philosophy; geopolitics; Europe; feminism

Chapter.  11315 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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