Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray

Language, Origin, Art, Love

Edited by Gail M. Schwab

Subjects: Education, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Feminist, French Studies, Psychoanalysis
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Paperback : 9781438477824, 382 pages, January 2021
Hardcover : 9781438477817, 382 pages, April 2020

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A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.


Featuring a highly accessible essay from Irigaray herself, this volume explores her philosophy of life and living. Life-thinking, an important contemporary trend in philosophy and in women's and gender studies, stands in contrast to philosophy's traditional grounding in death, exemplified in the work of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Schopenhauer. The contributors to Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray consider Irigaray's criticisms of the traditional Western philosophy of death, including its either-or dualisms and binary logic, as well as some of Irigaray's "solutions" for cultivating life. The book is comprehensive in its analyses of Irigaray's relationship to classical and contemporary philosophers, writers, and artists, and produces extremely fruitful intersections between Irigaray and figures as diverse as Homer and Plato; Alexis Wright, the First-Nations novelist of Australia; and twentieth-century French philosophers like Sartre, Badiou, Deleuze, and Guattari. It also develops Irigaray's relationship to the arts, with essays on theater, poetry, architecture, sculpture, and film.

Gail M. Schwab is Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor Emerita of French at Hofstra University. The author of many articles on Luce Irigaray's philosophy, she is also the translator of several works by Irigaray, including To Speak Is Never Neutral.


"This is a very timely text; it places Irigaray scholarship in conversation with the lively field of feminist philosophies of life, and this is a really wonderful, fruitful match. The collection itself contains many marvelous pieces. Luce Irigaray's essay is strong and pithy—she reiterates a number of her important ideas, in accessible language, and places them in the context of pertinent questions in feminism." — Sabrina L. Hom, coeditor of Thinking with Irigaray