in Sensible Ecstasy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780226349510
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226349466 | DOI:

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This chapter concludes that women are associated with death, according to Irigaray, because the loss of the mother's body is experienced as the loss of the mother herself; hence, the child's separation from the mother becomes dependent on her double sacrifice. Women are associated with death when the lost mother is remembered only in terms of loss and limitation and the pleasures of the flesh are forgotten. Feminist philosophy can learn from the doubleness of mystical discourse and practice, which reflects and depicts the deep ambiguities within bodily existence. Identifying the limits of politics can help us begin to understand the fascination among many contemporary feminist thinkers with religion and mysticism.

Keywords: women; Irigaray; mother's body; Feminist philosophy; mystical discourse

Chapter.  2028 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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