'The Wedding Between Body and Language’: Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of the feminine

Course Dates: 06/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Luce Irigaray claims that “the language of women reveals itself to be different from that of men”. If true, what are the philosophical consequences?


What is the course about?

Taking her studies of female|feminine and male|masculine modes of speaking and embodiment as a starting point, Irigaray’s claim that there are ‘essential’ differences between females and males will be discussed. Given her non-antagonistic account of female-male relations, does her thought offer a way towards a balanced, nuanced philosophical understanding of the sexes?

What will we cover?

• Irigarary’s critique of ‘phallocentric’ philosophy
• Sexuation – Irigaray’s studies of female and male language and bodily being
• Ethical-political implications of Irigaray’s thought?
• Breath – Irigaray’s philosophy of religion.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Explain, simply, the significance of the differences between female and male modes of being according to Irigaray and some of the wider implications of these differences.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course does not assume any prior knowledge, only an interest in the key topics. Some experience of introductory philosophy would be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. There may be some readings discussed in pairs or small groups in the sessions. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Notemaking equipment of your own choice. Handouts from relevant portions of texts will be provided. You might find useful for your own further study):
• Luce Irigaray: Key Writings. Continuum (2004).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Visit www.citylit.ac.uk for the full range of philosophy courses on offer.

Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HP032

Sat, day, 06 Jun - 06 Jun '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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