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.