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Feminist Experiences

Foucauldian and Phenomenological Investigations

Johanna Oksala (author)

ISBN: 9780810132405

Publication Date: Jan 2016

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Develops and defends a distinctive understanding of feminist philosophy as social critique. Feminist philosophy is essentially a political endeavor, Johanna Oksala argues, aiming to expose, analyse, and ultimately change gendered power relations. However, such an understanding of feminist philosophy raises a host of theoretical problems and paradoxes.
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Feminist Experiences develops and defends a distinctive understanding of feminist philosophy as social critique. Feminist philosophy is essentially a political endeavor, Johanna Oksala argues, aiming to expose, analyze, and ultimately change gendered power relations. However, such an understanding of feminist philosophy raises a host of theoretical problems and paradoxes. Oksala investigates the philosophical challenges and outlines the ontological presuppositions and methodological innovations the project requires.

Drawing on conceptual tools from the thought of Michel Foucault, but also from the tradition of phenomenology, she explores the role of experience in feminist philosophy and its relationship to language and linguistic meaning. Oksala concludes by sketching a feminist ontology of the present through a critical investigation of neoliberalism and the challenges it presents to feminist theory and politics.
Pages 192
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 31 Jan 2016
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Series Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Subject/s Phenomenology & Existentialism   Gender studies: women  
Johanna Oksala is Academy of Finland research fellow in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture, and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. She is the author of Foucault, Politics, and Violence (Northwestern University Press, 2011).

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