I Love to You Sketch of a Possible Felicity in History

ISBN-10: 0415907330
ISBN-13: 9780415907330
Edition: 1996
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Description: In I Love to You, Luce Irigaray moves from the critique of patriarchy to an exploration of the ground for a possible inter-subjectivity between the two sexes. Continuing her rejection of demands for equality, Irigaray poses the question: how can we  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/27/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In I Love to You, Luce Irigaray moves from the critique of patriarchy to an exploration of the ground for a possible inter-subjectivity between the two sexes. Continuing her rejection of demands for equality, Irigaray poses the question: how can we move to a new era of sexual difference in which women and men establish lasting relations with one another without reducing the other to the status of object? Drawing upon Hegel, Irigaray proposes a dialectic appropriate to each sex as well as a dialectic of their relation. She argues for what she calls "sexed rights" and a right of persons based on the right to life, not the right to property. Using the results of her research into the sexing of language, Irigaray analyzes how women seek communication in discourse with the other--an other, pre-occupied with his abstract or concrete object, who does not respond. She proposes another syntax for communication, one that does not incorporate the other as the object of the subject butallows for an indirect relation. Thus "I love to you" replaces "I love you." In Irigaray's vision of the happiness possible in sexual difference, the love between a man and a woman finds its "reason" not in property or children, but in its own place within the couple. Arguing passionately for a new language of personal relations, I Love to You looks toward a future where nihilism can be overcome by "love in sexual difference."

Prologue
Introducing: Love Between Us
Human Nature is Two
Sexual Difference as Universal
Donning a Civil Identity
The Other: Woman
She Forgotten Between Use and Exchange
Two of Us, Outside, Tomorrow?
He I Sought But Did Not Find
You Who Will Never Be Mine
I Love To You
In Almost Absolute Silence
A Breath That Touches in Words
Practical Teachings: Love - Between Passion and Civility
Epilogue

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