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The feminine symptom

Ondertitelaleatory matter in the aristotelian cosmos
MakerBianchi, Emanuela
Uitgave plaatsNew York
UitgeverFordham University Press
Uitgave jaar2014
PaginatieXII, 320p.
WER 8 2014 - B
SamenvattingTheis book takes as its starting point the problem of female offspring for Aristotle: If form is transmitted by the male and the female provides only matter, how is a female child produced? Aristotle answers that there must be some fault or misstep in the process. This inexplicable but necessary coincidence defines the feminine symptom. Departing from the standard associations of male-activity-form and female-passivity-matter, Bianchi traces the operation of chance and spontaneity throughout Aristotle's biology, physics, cosmology, and metaphysics and argues that it is not passive but aleatory matter--unpredictable, ungovernable, and acting against nature and teleology--that he continually allies with the feminine. Bianchi concludes by connecting her analysis to recent biological and materialist political thinking, and makes the case for a new, antiessentialist politics of aleatory feminism.
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