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Conclusion: Interval as Relation, Interval as Becoming

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823237241.003.0008
Conclusion: Interval as Relation, Interval as Becoming

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This concluding chapter traces the relationship between the presentation of the interval as relation addressed in Part One of the book and the presentation of the interval as becoming sketched in Part Two of the book. It argues that the interval is difference, the threshold from which space and time and matter and form are engendered. While Irigaray tends to focus on the interval as the threshold that engenders a non-hierarchical relationship between woman and man, she also affirms the interval as difference itself, if she is read carefully. The concept of the interval is conceived, via a radicalization of Aristotle's account of place, as a sensible relation. This relational concept of difference cannot be presented as such, as Bergson's thinking of duration demonstrates that the interval remains in becoming as an open threshold of potentiality.

Keywords: Aristotle; Bergson; Irigaray; difference; sexual difference; place; time

Chapter.  2120 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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