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Cartesian meditations

Morny Joy

in Divine Love

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055232
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055232.003.0003
Cartesian meditations

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In Luce Irigaray work there are two distinct treatments of Descartes' ideas. Irigaray introduces the topic of women—a subject that was notably absent from Descartes' own deliberations. In the first essay, she aligns herself with interpretations that associate Descartes' suspension of bodily connections and impulses with the suppression of women. At the same time, her deconstructive mimetic reading of Descartes also seeks to establish a site for women. Women are featured as an instance of otherness that initiates an experience of the passion, wonder, which is nominated by Descartes as a primary passion. Irigaray employs her construct of sexual difference with telling effect. For Irigaray, wonder, as a passion, is inextricably linked with love and the divine. Irigaray does not make any explicit connections between her two essays, though she does recommend that Descartes needs to be reread in the light of his work on the passions.

Keywords: sexual difference; suppression of women; otherness; Descartes; cartesian mediations; love

Chapter.  9793 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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