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Butler, Judith 1956-

Works: 352 works in 1,287 publications in 17 languages and 36,746 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Honoree, Contributor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Performer, Dedicatee, 001, ed
Classifications: HQ1154, 305.3
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Gender trouble feminism and the subversion of identity by Judith Butler( Book )

146 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 4,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, essential for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture
Bodies that matter : on the discursive limits of "sex" by Judith Butler( Book )

58 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Bodies That Matter, renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most "material" dimension of sex and sexuality: the body. Butler offers a brilliant reworking of the body, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the "matter" of bodies, sex, and gender
Antigone's claim kinship between life and death by Judith Butler( )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Antigone, the renowned insurgent from Sophocle's Oedipus, has long been a feminist icon of defiance. But what has remained unclear is whether she escapes from the forms of power that she opposes. Antigone proves to be a more ambivalent figure for feminism than has been acknowledged, since the form of defiance she exemplifies also leads to her death. Butler argues that Antigone represents a form of feminist and sexual agency that is fraught with risk. Moreover, Antignone shows how the constraints of normative kinship unfairly decide what will and will not be a liveable life."--Jacket
What's left of theory? new work on the politics of literary theory by Judith Butler( )

20 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For several years," write the editors ofWhat's Left of Theory, "a debate on the politics of theory has been conducted energetically within literary studies. The terms of the debate, however, are far from clear. What is meant by politics? What is meant by theory?" What's Left of Theoryis a vigorous engagement with that thorniest of critical questions: how today are theory and progressive thought connected? Michael Warner, activist and critic, examines 'zones of privacy and zones of theory' while law professor Janet Halley considers theory and its applicability to sex harassment. Jeff Nunokawa examines Oscar Wilde, Marjorie Levinson reads Elizabeth Bishop alongsideNational Geographic; John Brenkman considers 'extreme criticism', Michael Berube the 'future of contingency'; William Connolly addresses the matter of secularism, Gayatri Spivak explores what she calls 'theory-remains', and Jonathan Culler demonstrates once again his gift for explaining the complex in an essay thatidentifies 'the literary in theory'. Editors Butler, Guillory, and Thomas have brought together not only outstanding questioners, but outstanding questions. As their introduction puts it, "Are there ways of pursuing a politically reflective literary analysis that have definitively left theory behind, and must 'theory' be left behind for left literary analysis to emerge? Has the study of literature passed beyond its encounter with theory? If so, in passing beyond theory, has it remained unchanged? Does the recent cry for a 'return to literature' signal the surpassing of theory, the fact that literature remains after theory? Does literature remain (the same) after theory?" For students of literature and the humanities in general, these questions are not only left: they endure
Undoing gender by Judith Butler( Book )

33 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Butler addresses the regulation of sexuality and gender that takes place in psychology, aesthetics, and social policy. These essays deepen her treatment of issues introduced by earlier work on the relationship between power and the body, the meaning & purpose of the incest taboo, and the problems of kinship
The power of religion in the public sphere by Judith Butler( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role does--or should--religion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her recent work concerning state violence in Israel-Palestine, Judith Butler explores the potential of religious perspectives for renewing cultural and political criticism, while Jürgen Habermas, best known for his seminal conception of the public sphere, thinks through the ambiguous legacy of the concept of "the political" in contemporary theory. Charles Taylor argues for a radical redefinition of secularism, and Cornel West defends civil disobedience and emancipatory theology. Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen detail the immense contribution of these philosophers to contemporary social and political theory, and an afterword by Craig Calhoun places these attempts to reconceive the significance of both religion and the secular in the context of contemporary national and international politics
Giving an account of oneself by Judith Butler( )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does it mean to lead a moral life? In her first extended study of moral philosophy, Judith Butler offers a provocative outline for a new ethical practice -- one responsive to the need for critical autonomy and grounded in a new sense of the human subject. Butler takes as her starting point one's ability to answer the questions: "What have I done?" and "What ought I to do?" She shows that these question can be answered only by asking a prior question, "Who is this "I" who is under an obligation to give an account of itself and to act in certain ways?" Because I find that I cannot give an account of myself without accounting for the social conditions under which I emerge, ethical reflection requires a turn to social theory. In three powerfully crafted and lucidly written chapters, Butler demonstrates how difficult it is to give an account of oneself, and how this lack of self-transparency and narratibility is crucial to an ethical understanding of the human. In brilliant dialogue with Adorno, Levinas, Foucault, and other thinkers, she eloquently argues the limits, possibilities, and dangers of contemporary ethical thought. Butler offers a critique of the moral self, arguing that the transparent, rational, and continuous ethical subject is an impossible construct that seeks to deny the specificity of what it is to be human. We can know ourselves only incompletely, and only in relation to a broader social world that has always preceded us and already shaped us in ways we cannot grasp. If inevitably we are partially opaque to ourselves, how can giving an account of ourselves define the ethical act? And doesn't an ethical system that holds us impossibly accountable for full self-knowledge and self-consistency inflict a kind of psychic violence, leading to a culture of self-beratement and cruelty? How does the turn to social theory offer us a chance to understand the specifically social character of our own unknowingness about ourselves? In this invaluable book, by recasting ethics as a project in which being ethical means becoming critical of norms under which we are asked to act, but which we can never fully choose, Butler illuminates what it means for us as fallible creatures to create and share an ethics of vulnerability, humility, and ethical responsiveness."--Provided by publisher
Subjects of desire Hegelian reflections in twentieth-century France by Judith Butler( Book )

40 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the genesis and trajectory of the desiring subject from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit to its appropriation by Kojève, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault. Judith Butler plots the French reception of Hegel and the successive challenges waged against his metaphysics and view of the subject, all while revealing ambiguities within his position. The result is a sophisticated reconsideration of the post-Hegelian tradition that has predominated in modern French thought.>
The question of gender Joan W. Scott's critical feminism by Judith Butler( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How has the study of gender independently or in conjunction with other axes of difference - such as race, class, and sexuality - inflected existing fields of study and created new ones? To what extent has this concept modified or been modified by related paradigms such as women's and queer studies? With what discursive politics does the term engage, and with what effects? In what settings, and through what kinds of operations and transformations, can gender remain a useful category in the twenty-first century?"--Back cover
Excitable speech : a politics of the performative by Judith Butler( Book )

57 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excitable Speech examines the issue of the threatening action of words. Negotiating the work of Austin, Derrida and Bourdieu, Butler offers a theory of the political performativity of language and illuminates the efficacy of injurious language
What does a Jew want? on binationalism and other specters by Udi Aloni( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""In this book Udi Aloni, causing a power fault in the ruling liberal attitude by way of short-circuiting different levels of ideology, art, and thought; rewrites the Oedipus myth and rejects liberal Zionism. Who but Aloni can combine the tremendous poetic power of creating new myths with the perspicuous mind of a cold theoretician? Who but Aloni can ground his ruthless critique of Zionism into his unconditional fidelity to the Jewish tradition? If anyone needs a proof that political theology is well and alive, here it is!""-Slavoj ŽižekIn the hopes of promoting justice, peace, an
Feminists theorize the political by Judith Butler( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The use of "theory" in feminist analysis has been said to threaten feminism as a political force. This collection of work by leading feminist scholars engages with the question of the political status of poststructuralism theory within feminism. Against the view that the use of post-structuralism necessarily weakens feminism, 'Feminists Theorize the Political' affirms the contemporary debate over theory as politically rich and consequential. In laying the theoretical groundwork for the volume, Butler and Scott posed a number of questions to prominent legal scholars, literary critics, philosophers, political theorists, historians, and cultural theorists. The essays do not settle the questions but generate new and productive directions for them. The volume as a whole valorizes the unsettling power and politics of theory. The essays in 'Feminists Theorize the Political' speak to the questions that emerge from the convergence of feminism and poststructuralism: What happens to feminist critique when traditional foundations--experience, history, universal norms--are called into question? Can feminist theory problematize the notion of the subject without losing its political effectivity? Which version of the subject is to questioned, and how does that questioning open up possibilities for reformulating agency, power, and sites of political resistance? What are the consequences of a specifically feminist reformulation of difference? What are the uses and limits of a poststructuralist critique of binary logic for the theorization of racial and class differences, the position of the subaltern? This anthology represents a diverse array of theoretical work within feminist theory with strong political stakes. Although not all of the authors subscribe to poststructuralism, (and few would concede post-structuralism is a monolithic enterprise), each offers an innovative feminist analysis that is in some way motivated in and by the poststructuralist challenge. 'Feminists Theorize The Political' addresses a range of feminist concerns, including productive freedom, anti-discrimination law, rape, and formulating power in terms of exclusion, difference and hierarchy
Parting ways Jewishness and the critique of Zionism by Judith Butler( )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Judith Butler follows Edward Said's late suggestion that only through a consideration of Palestinian dispossession in relation to Jewish diasporic traditions will a new ethos for a one-state solution emerge. Butler engages some forms of Jewish intellectual criticism of political Zionism and its practices of illegitimate state violence, nationalism, and state-sponsored racism. At the same time, she moves beyond communitarian frameworks, including Jewish ones, that fail to arrive at a radical democratic notion of political cohabitation. As important as it is to dispute Israel's claim to represent the Jewish people, it is equally important, Butler argues, to show that a narrowly Jewish framework cannot suffice as a basis for an ultimate critique of Zionism. She promotes an ethical position in which the obligations of cohabitation do not derive from cultural sameness but from the unchosen character of social plurality. Recovering the arguments of Jewish thinkers who offered criticisms of Zionism or whose work could be used for such a purpose, Butler disputes the specific charge of anti-Semitic self-hatred often leveled against Jewish critiques of Israel. Her political ethic relies on a vision of cohabitation that exposes the limits of every communitarian framework, including Jewish ones, to overcome the colonial legacy of Zionism. Her own engagements with Said and Mahmoud Darwish are important to her articulation of the displacement of communitarian thought. Butler draws upon some Jewish traditions of thought to consider the rights of the dispossessed, the necessity of plural cohabitation, and the dangers of arbitrary state violence, showing how they can be extended to a critique of Zionism, even when that is not their purpose. Butler engages thinkers such as Edward Said, Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, and Mahmoud Darwish. She revisits and affirms Edward Said's late proposals for a one-state solution. Butler's startling suggestion: Jewish ethics not only demand a critique of Zionism, but must transcend its exclusive Jewishness in order to realize the ethical and political ideals of living together in radical democracy"--Provided by publisher
Frames of war : when is life grievable? by Judith Butler( Book )

31 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an exploration of the current wars, looking at violence, gender and different forms of resistance. Judith Butler explores the media's portrayal of state violence, a process integral to the way in which the West wages modern war
Precarious life : the powers of mourning and violence by Judith Butler( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Turkish and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this profound appraisal of post-September 11, 2001 America, Judith Butler considers the conditions of heightened vulnerability and aggression that followed from the attack, and the US government's decision to retaliate. She critiques the use of violence that has emerged as a response to loss, and argues that the dislocation of first-world privilege offers instead a chance to imagine a world in which that violence might be minimized, and in which interdependency becomes acknowledged as the basis for a global political community."--Jacket
Reification a new look at an old idea by Axel Honneth( )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these original and imaginative essays, delivered as the Tanner Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, the distinguished third-generation Frankfurt School philosopher Axel Honneth attempts to rescue the concept of reification by recasting it in the terms of the philosophy of recognition he has been developing over the past two decades."
Examined life by Astra Taylor( Visual )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump
Contingency, hegemony, universality : contemporary dialogues on the left by Judith Butler( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the contemporary legacy of Gramsci's notion of hegemony? How can universality be reformulated now that its spurious versions have been so thoroughly criticized?" "In this ground-breaking project, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek engage in a dialogue on central questions of contemporary philosophy and politics. Their essays, organized as three contributions each that respond to one another, range over the Hegelian legacy in contemporary critical theory, the theoretical dilemmas of multiculturalism, the universalism-versus-particularism debate, the strategies of the left in a globalized economy, and the relative merits of post-structuralism and Lacanian psychoanalysis for a critical social theory." "While the rigour and intelligence with which Butler, Laclau and Zizek approach their work is as formidable as one would expect, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality benefits additionally from their clear sense of energy and enjoyment in a revealing and often unpredictable exchange. Book jacket."--Jacket
The psychic life of power : theories in subjection by Judith Butler( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work combines social theory, philosophy, and psychoanalysis in novel ways, offering a more sustained analysis of the theory of subject formation implicit in such other works of the author as Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" and Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Who sings the nation-state? : language, politics, belonging by Judith Butler( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is contained in a state has become ever more plural while the boundaries of a state have become ever more fluid. In a world of migration and shifting allegiances - caused by cultural, economic, military and climatic change - the state is a more provisional place and its inhabitants, more stateless." "This spirited and engaging conversation, between two of America's foremost critics and two of the most influential theorists of the last decade, ranges widely across what Enlightenment and key contemporary philosophers have to say about the state, who exercises power in today's world, whether we can have a right to rights, the past, present, and future of the state in a time of globalization, and even what the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" in Spanish says about the complex world we live in today."--Jacket
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Gender trouble feminism and the subversion of identity
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Bodies that matter : on the discursive limits of "sex"Antigone's claim kinship between life and deathWhat's left of theory? new work on the politics of literary theoryUndoing genderThe power of religion in the public sphereGiving an account of oneselfSubjects of desire Hegelian reflections in twentieth-century FranceThe question of gender Joan W. Scott's critical feminism