Feminist Phenomenology Futures

Feminist Phenomenology Futures

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Publication date: 10/09/2017
Format: Paperback 10 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02994-2
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Distinguished feminist philosophers consider the future of their field and chart its political and ethical course in this forward-looking volume. Engaging with themes such as the historical trajectory of feminist phenomenology, ways of perceiving and making sense of the contemporary world, and the feminist body in health and ethics, these essays affirm the base of the discipline as well as open new theoretical spaces for work that bridges bioethics, social identity, physical ability, and the very nature and boundaries of the female body. Entanglements with thinkers such as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, and Arendt are evident and reveal new directions for productive philosophical work. Grounded in the richness of the feminist philosophical tradition, this work represents a significant opening to the possible futures of feminist phenomenological research.

Author Bio

Helen A. Fielding is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at The University of Western Ontario. She edited (with Christina Schües and Dorothea Olkowski) Time in Feminist Phenomenology (IUP).

Dorothea Olkowski is Professor and former Chair of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Director of the Cognitive Studies Program. She is author of Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn (IUP), The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible), and Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation.


This is a particularly rich moment for the recognition and development of feminist phenomenology given contemporary philosophical engagements with questions regarding the particularities of lived bodies and experiences. These essays provide a promising and important contribution.

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Table of Contents

A Feminist Phenomenology Manifesto / Helen A. Fielding
Introduction / Dorothea E. Olkowski and Helen A. Fielding

I. The Future is Now
1. Using Our Intuition: Creating the Future Phenomenological Plane of Thought / Dorothea E. Olkowski
2. Just Throw Like a Bleeding Philosopher: Menstrual Pauses & Poses, Betwixt
Hypatia & Bhubaneswari, Half-Visible, Almost Illegible / Kyoo Lee
3. Transformative Lines of Flight: From Deleuze to Masoch / Lyat Friedman
4. Crafting Contingency / Rachel McCann

II. Negotiating Futures
5. Open Future, Regaining Possibility / Helen A. Fielding
6. Of Women and Slaves / Debra Bergoffen
7. Unhappy Speech, and Hearing Well: Contributions of Feminist Speech Act
Theory to Feminist Phenomenology / Beata Stawarska

III. The Ontological Future
8. Adventures in the Hyperdialectic / Eva-Maria Simms
9. The Murmuration of Birds: An Anishinaabe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding / Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning
10. Trans-subjectivity/Trans-objectivity / Christine Daigle

IV. Our Future Body Images
11. The ‘Normal Abnormalities’ of Disability and Aging: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir / Gail Weiss
12. The Trans-human Paradigm and the Meaning of Life / Christina Schües
13. The Second Person Perspective in Narrative Phenomenology / Annemie Halsema and Jenny Slatman
14. Hannah Arendt and Pregnancy in the Public Sphere / Katy Fulfer

V. Present and Future Selves
15. Is Direct Perception Arrogant Perception?: Toward a Critical, Playful Intercorporeity / April N. Flakne
16. Leadership-in-the-World through an Arendtian Lens / Rita Gardiner
17. Identity-in-Difference to Avoid Indifference / Emily S. Lee
18. What is Feminist Phenomenology? Looking Backwards and Into the Future / Silvia Stoller


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