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Language and the Gendered Body: Butler's Early Reading of Merleau-Ponty
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. School of Dance and Circus, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Hypatia, ISSN 0887-5367, E-ISSN 1527-2001, Vol. 28, no 4, 767-783 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through a close reading of Judith Butler's 1989 essay on Merleau-Ponty's theory of sexuality as well as the texts her argument hinges on, this paper addresses the debate about the relation between language and the living, gendered body as it is understood by defenders of poststructural theory on the one hand, and different interpretations of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology on the other. I claim that Butler, in her criticism of the French philosopher's analysis of the famous Schneider case, does not take its wider context into account: either the case study that Merleau-Ponty's discussion is based upon, or its role in his phenomenology of perception. Yet, although Butler does point out certain blind spots in his descriptions regarding the gendered body, it is in the light of her questioning that the true radicality of Merleau-Ponty's ideas can be revealed. A further task for feminist phenomenology should be a thorough assessment of his philosophy from this angle, once the most obvious misunderstandings have been put to the side.

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2013. Vol. 28, no 4, 767-783 p.
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Philosophy
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99902DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12040ISI: 000328451700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99902DiVA: diva2:690350
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Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Recasting Objective Thought: The Venture of Expression in Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recasting Objective Thought: The Venture of Expression in Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis is about meaning, expression and language in Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, and their role in the phenomenological project as a whole. For Merleau-Ponty, expression is the taking up of a meaning given either in perception or in already acquired forms of expression, thereby repeating, transforming or congealing meaning into gestures, utterances, artworks, ideas or theories. Contrary to the predominant view in the literature, the relation of expression to meaning, and in particular the problem of expressing new meanings, was of fundamental importance to Merleau-Ponty from the very beginning, in that it was intrinsically related to the overcoming of what he termed “objective thought”. Admittedly, there is an evolution of his philosophy in this respect: from the early stance where the recasting of certain basic categories is taken as pivotal for the development of a new form of thinking, with arguments drawn also from various empirical and social sciences, to what appears to be an effort at an all-pervading reformulation of philosophical language during his last years. But the remoulding of categories was never for Merleau-Ponty a matter simply of finding a few, better adapted concepts, but from the outset an endeavour to think philosophical arguments through to a point where they reveal their inherent inconsistencies. Recasting philosophical expression is thus a risky enterprise, and this is a point I explore further in Essay 1, that focuses especially upon creative expression in painting and to some extent in literature. In Essay 2 I discuss the notion of Gestalt and how it serves this general project, whereas Essay 3 deals with verbal language, on the basis of Merleau-Ponty’s reading of Saussure’s linguistics. Essay 4 examines bodily expression from the point of view of feminist phenomenology and in particular Judith Butler’s early reading of Merleau-Ponty, and finally Essay 5 discusses expression in the art of dance.

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Stockholm: Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, 2015. 211 p.
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Merleau-Ponty, Saussure, Butler, phenomenology, expression, language, perception, painting, Gestalt theory, linguistics, feminist phenomenology, dance
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Philosophy
Research subject
Theoretical Philosophy
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113278 (URN)978-91-7649-095-2 (ISBN)
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2015-02-28, D7, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Accepted. Paper 5: Accepted.

Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2015-01-27 Last updated: 2016-04-22Bibliographically approved

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