Interval, Sexual Difference

Rebecca Hill

in The Interval

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823237241
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240708 | DOI:
Interval, Sexual Difference

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This chapter draws on Irigaray's critical description of metaphysics as phallocentrism to argue that Bergson's deduction of the duration of consciousness is predicated upon a sexed hierarchy. It suggests that duration is posited in terms of paternal masculinity, and space (matter, the homogeneous) is denigrated and rendered as feminine in the phallocentric sense. And yet the privilege Bergson confers upon duration is by all means secure because its elevation depends upon the disavowal of heterogeneous spatiality or what Irigaray would call the maternal-feminine. The chapter concludes by rereading Bergson's deduction of the interval of duration with Irigaray and positing a formulation of the interval as a sensible and transcendental difference that articulates a non-hierarchical relationship between the sexes.

Keywords: Bergson; Irigaray; duration; space; phallocentrism; interval; sexual difference

Chapter.  4904 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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