Gift of the Other, The: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Social Science - 200 pages
The Gift of the Other brings together a philosophical analysis of time, embodiment, and ethical responsibility with a feminist critique of the way women s reproductive capacity has been theorized and represented in Western culture. Author Lisa Guenther develops the ethical and temporal implications of understanding birth as the gift of the Other, a gift which makes existence possible, and already orients this existence toward a radical responsibility for Others. Through an engagement with the work of Levinas, Beauvoir, Arendt, Irigaray, and Kristeva, the author outlines an ethics of maternity based on the givenness of existence and a feminist politics of motherhood which critiques the exploitation of maternal generosity.
 

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Contents

The Gift of the Other
1
Beauvoirs Account of Reproduction
15
Arendt on Time Natality and Reproduction
29
Birth as the Gift of the Feminine Other
49
Levinas Irigarayand the Transformation of Paternity
75
Levinas and Kristeva Between the Generations
95
The Question of Reproductive Choice
141
Notes
165
Bibliography
179
Index
187
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About the author (2012)

Lisa Guenther is Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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