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The Thinking Woman

Julienne van Loon (author) Anne Summers (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781978820081

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

One of the age-old questions of philosophy is what does it mean to live a good life? In this extraordinary book, scholar and writer, Julienne van Loon, applies a range of philosophical ideas to her own experience. Not for sale in Australia or New Zealand.
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One of the age-old questions of philosophy is what does it mean to live a good life? In this extraordinary and highly-accessible book, scholar and acclaimed novelist, Julienne van Loon, applies a range of philosophical ideas to her own experience. Van Loon engages with the work of six leading contemporary thinkers and writers - Rosi Braidotti, Nancy Holmstrom, Siri Hustvedt, Laura Kipnis, Julia Kristeva and Marina Warner - through interrogating and enlivening their ideas on love, play, fear, work, wonder and friendship. She addresses 'ordinary' everyday topics as problems worthy of thinking through, about, around as well as thinking together.

Provocative, inventive, hard to put down (and not just for women!), van Loon's journey is intellectual and deeply personal, political and intimate at once. It introduces readers to six extraordinary women whose own deeply thoughtful work has much to offer all of us. They may transform our own views of what it means to live a good life.

As the novelist Amanda Lohery puts it: The Thinking Woman is: "a compelling portrait of the relationship between thinking and feeling".

Not for sale in Australia and New Zealand.
Illustrations 3 colour images
Pages 258
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Western philosophy, from c 1900 -   Social theory   Gender studies: women   Personnel & human resources management   Feminism & feminist theory  
Julienne van Loon is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Road Story, Beneath the Bloodwood Tree and Harmless. She lives in Melbourne, where she holds a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship with the writing and publishing program at RMIT University. Julienne's honours include the Australian/Vogel's Award and an appointment as Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa. The Thinking Woman is her first work of non-fiction.

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