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Wittgenstein and Irigaray: Gender and Philosophy in a Language (Game) of Difference

Joyce Davidson and Mick Smith
Hypatia
Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring, 1999), pp. 72-96
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810769
Page Count: 25
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Wittgenstein and Irigaray: Gender and Philosophy in a Language (Game) of Difference
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Abstract

Drawing Wittgenstein's and Irigaray's philosophies into conversation might help resolve certain misunderstandings that have so far hampered both the reception of Irigaray's work and the development of feminist praxis in general. A Wittgensteinian reading of Irigaray can furnish an anti-essentialist conception of "woman" that retains the theoretical and political specificity feminism requires while dispelling charges that Irigaray's attempt to delineate a "feminine" language is either groundlessly utopian or entails a biological essentialism.

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