Malabou interview in Le Monde

Le Monde has published an interview with Catherine Malabou. A highlight:

Mais la question qui, aujourd’hui, habite Catherine Malabou avec le plus d’intensité est celle du féminisme. Sa réflexion prend sa source dans un constat radical. “La philosophie a orchestré l’impossibilité de la femme comme sujet.” Et il lui semble que le discours dominant du féminisme, qui consiste en une critique de l’essentialisme et affirme qu’il n’y a pas d’identité propre du féminin, reconduit paradoxalement cette violence symbolique. “Il est symptomatique, remarque-t-elle, qu’aucune femme ne se revendique vraiment philosophe, comme si elles ne s’en sentaient pas le droit.”

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One Response to “Malabou interview in Le Monde

  1. Anthony Paul Smith Says:

    I suspect that many of our readers can get the drift, but in case not here’s a rough translation:

    But today the question that Catherine Malabou has taken up with the most intensity is feminism. Her reflection has its source in a radical assessment. “Philosophy has orchestrated the impossibility of woman as a subject.” And it seems to her that the dominant discourse of feminism, which consists of a critique of essentialism and affirms that there is no proper identity of the feminine, paradoxically extends this symbolic violence. ” It is symptomatic,” she says, “that no woman puts herself forward as a true philosopher, as if they don’t feel they have the right.”


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