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The feminine symptom : aleatory matter in the Aristotelian cosmos

Author: Emanuela Bianchi
Publisher: New York : Fordham Univ. Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. edView all editions and formats
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Analyzes Aristotle's natural philosophy and metaphysics from a feminist, deconstructive, psychoanalytic perspective, showing that Aristotelian teleology relies on the disparagement of chance and the  Read more...

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Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristotle.; Aristotle; Aristoteles
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emanuela Bianchi
ISBN: 0823262189 9780823262182 9780823262199 0823262197
OCLC Number: 894805171
Description: XII, 320 Seiten ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Aristotelian Causation, Reproduction, and Accident and Chance The four causes, logos, and sex and gender - Conceiving of a girl - The aleatory causes: accident, tuche, automaton Chapter 2: Necessity and Automaton: Aleatory Matter and the Feminine Symptom Aristotle's typologies of necessity - Necessity in Aristotle's biology - Reproduction and automaton - Automaton in Aristotle - Genesis Automatos - The feminine symptom Chapter 3: The Errant Feminine in Plato's Timaeus The cosmogony of the Timaeus - The feminine figurations of the ekmageion - Being, becoming, and persuasion - Refiguring the receptacle as chora - Feminist engagements with chora - Receptacle/chora and motion Chapter 4: The Physics of Sexual Difference in Aristotle and Irigaray Place: topologies of sexual difference - Irigaray's physics of sexual difference, and Aristotle's - Place and the feminine symptom Chapter 5: Motion and Gender in the Aristotelian Cosmos The motion of the heavens - The prime mover - Falling to Earth: the sun's enklisis as feminine symptom - The simple bodies or elements - The motion of animals - The definition of motion in terms of dunamis and entelecheia Chapter 6: Sexual difference in Potentiality and Actuality Dunamis and matter - Sexual difference and the definition of dunamis - Passive dunamis and the feminine symptom - Dunamis and sexual reproduction: the problem of heredity - Dunamis and adunamia: the specter of castration - Energeia/entelecheia: being at (in)completion Coda: Matters Arising: From the Aleatory Feminine to Aleatory Feminism Bibliography Index
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