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Responsive Becoming: Ethics between Deleuze and Feminism

Erinn Cunniff Gilson

in Deleuze and Ethics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641178
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641178.003.0005
Responsive Becoming: Ethics between Deleuze and Feminism

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This chapter explores the possibility of an alliance between Deleuze's philosophy and feminist philosophy with respect to ethics. It begins by specifying some of the general points of convergence between Deleuzian ethics and feminist ethics. The second section turns away from feminist ethics in particular to consider feminist engagement with Deleuze's (and Deleuze and Guattari's) work. It describes the central criticisms of Deleuze offered by feminist philosophers and points out the aspects of his thought that have been valuable for feminist theorizing. In order to respond to what is considered the overarching concern feminists have about Deleuze's philosophy, the third section develops a proposal for a Deleuzian conception of ethics that is able to do (much of) what feminists require of an ethical theory.

Keywords: Deleuzian ethics; feminist philosophy; feminist ethics; ethical theory

Chapter.  11804 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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