Irigaray's Between East and West

Cleo McNelly Kearns

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Irigaray's Between East and West

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This chapter examines philosopher Luce Irigaray's encounter with Eastern yogic practice. It explains that in the yogic tradition there is a strong connection between breath, silence, and speech, while the Western tradition of prayer is often linked with a verbal performance and hence is connected to the problems of logocentrism. It suggests that the focus on breathing in the yogic tradition enables one to have a more profound and intimate experience of the divine.

Keywords: Luce Irigaray; yogic practice; Western prayer; breathing; logocentrism; divine experience

Chapter.  6512 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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