Posted by: HAT | January 19, 2010

Ethics of Sexual Difference

Noticed that Irigaray’s Ethics of Sexual Difference is a compilation of lectures given at Erasmus University in Rotterdam under the terms of the Jan Tinbergen chair. She details the terms in the foreword; the lectures were part of a course in philosophy titled “The Ethics of the Passions.”

This information seems significant from a utopian point of view. Erasmus was the intended recipient of Thomas More’s Utopia. The incorporation of “the passions,” the affects people suffer, also relates to utopia, at least if people take seriously the proposition that utopia has an intrinsic relationship to suffering, as its imaginative transformation.

Ethics of Sexual Difference as a whole can usefully be read as Irigaray’s extended reflection on the character and conditions for utopia.

Minor edits 2/5/10

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