Political Theory 45 (3):319-341 (2017)

Emily Anne Parker
Towson University
It is widely accepted that Judith Butler’s work represents a fundamental departure from that of Luce Irigaray. However, in a 2001 essay, Butler suggests that Irigaray’s work plays a formative role in her own, and that the problematization of the biological and cultural distinction that Irigaray’s notion of sexual difference accomplishes must be rethought and multiplied rather than simply rejected. In this essay, I place the notion of precarity in the work of Butler alongside that of sexual difference in Irigaray, to show how together they seek to address violence to certain bodies through an approach that is at once ecological and political. I show that Butler’s concept of precarity has deep, largely unappreciated, roots in the work of Irigaray. Butler explores precarity as bodily multiplicity in ways that pluralize Irigaray’s own ethics and politics of difference. Butler is, in other words, rewriting sexual difference as precarity.
Keywords embodiment  difference  Irigaray  Butler  Anthropocene  philosophy of race  philosophy of gender
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0090591716658933
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,657
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ideas of Difference: Social Spaces and the Labour of Division.Kevin Hetherington & Rolland Munro (eds.) - 1997 - Blackwell Publishers/the Sociological Review.
" Race," Writing, and Difference.Tzvetan Todorov & Loulou Mack - 1986 - In Henry Louis Gates Jr (ed.), Race, Writing and Difference. University of Chicago Press.
Writing and Difference.Jacques Derrida - 1978 - University of Chicago Press.
De la différence, remarques sur l'existence.Yannick Courtel - 2007 - Revue des Sciences Religieuses 81:199-212.


Added to PP index

Total views
31 ( #357,550 of 2,462,332 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #299,152 of 2,462,332 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes