Luce Irigaray and the Question of Critique

Elizabeth Weed

in A Time for the Humanities

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229192
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235063 | DOI:
Luce Irigaray and the Question of Critique

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Following the critical interrogations of the relation of psychoanalysis to politics as discussed in the previous chapters of this book, this chapter brings psychoanalysis together with feminism to examine the possibilities of critique as such. It argues that the function of critique cannot be limited to the production of knowledge, but must leave room for the unknown and for the erotic dimension of any encounter with a text. The unthought of sexual difference is too easily left behind or translated into more readily assimilable formulations. A critique keeps open the gap between the known and the unknown, between the possibilities and impossibilities of sense, although never completely severed from the production of meaning.

Keywords: Luce Irigaray; psychoanalysis; politics; feminism; critique

Chapter.  8135 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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