Category: Agacinski

Agacinski, Luno, and Parity

Posted by vmunoz in Agacinski, parity, philosophy and sex, sex differences (Wednesday August 9, 2006 at 1:43 pm)
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The next series of posts is selected from Luno’s notes on reading Sylviane Agacinski’s Parity of the Sexes during the Summer of 2005. It is remarkable for him to express as much consonance with a contemporary thinker as occurs here. Luno seems to have come to many of the same conclusions by a very different […]

“Preface”

Posted by luno in parity, philosophy and sex, sex differences (Wednesday August 9, 2006 at 1:37 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
xix
Arguing for a little less historicism:
Perhaps we would then discover a dissymmetry so profound that it would finally prohibit thinking of one sex beginning from the other. Because we must ask ourselves—and I believe that this is the book’s main intuition—if men and women speak of the same […]

“Man Divided”

Posted by luno in parity, philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday August 9, 2006 at 12:23 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
3
The element of indeterminacy due to androgyny is the exception, sexual identity is the rule.
4
“Mixity” is the state of being governed by both principles. [It points to a universal bisexuality. Cf, Aristophanes (in part), Fleiss, Freud, Weininger, etc. But Agacinski’s concern is largely with mixity external to the individual […]

“Versions of Difference”

Posted by luno in parity, Heterocosmos, sex differences, feminism (Tuesday August 8, 2006 at 12:40 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.

21
Nature gives the two; cultures invent a multiplicity of possible variations of this duality. Humans are very imaginative in front of the sexes.
[Weininger asserted that even nature gives us the two in a vast multiplicity of variations: No two sexed individuals are sexed in quite the same way. Sex, […]

“Freedom and Fecundity”

Posted by luno in parity, de Beauvoir, motherhood, abortion, sex differences, feminism (Monday August 7, 2006 at 1:37 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
[Agacinski, in this chapter, critiques Simone de Beauvoir. She does so, in our view, with considerable accuracy. Beauvoir is complicit, like J. S. Mill before her and many since (Susan Miller Okin, in particular, here, since Agacinski mentions her by name), in buying into a central doctrine that has, […]

“The Masculine Universal”

Posted by luno in parity, philosophy and sex, motherhood, sex differences, feminism (Saturday August 5, 2006 at 3:05 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.

61
What is really universal in a logical sense…is…the fact of being sexed: all humans are either ‘men or women.’
62
…abstract egalitarianism affirms the irrelevance of sexual difference
and is untenable in many areas including judicial and political.

63
…the problem is to know at what level of abstraction a category is theoretically or […]

“Identity and Homosexuality”

Posted by luno in parity, sexualities, philosophy and sex, Heterocosmos, sex differences (Friday August 4, 2006 at 1:01 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
82
What if sexual difference, instead of going back to the difference between two things of the same order, led us to discover that man and woman are not speaking of the same thing when they speak of the sexes? If the masculine and the feminine were not only the […]

“The Double Origin”

Posted by luno in parity, motherhood, sex differences, Moral Theory, General (Thursday August 3, 2006 at 12:46 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
100
Does everyone have an unconditional right to have a child? Agacinski asks.
And can a child be allowed to legally issue from two people of the same sex? I say issue and not raise because legally, education means nothing precise and doesn’t involve the identity of the child.
Can we […]

“Aristotle Over/Against Plato”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, parity, sex differences (Thursday August 3, 2006 at 11:47 am)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
111-4
Because of his conscious neglect of sexual difference and the natural patterns of generation, indeed his distaste for them, Plato is sometimes seen as modern. Aristotle’s political world, in contrast, seems structured by and founded on a family consisting of man, woman, and children. Better patriarchal than altogether heterocosmic, […]

“War or Politics”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, parity, sex differences (Wednesday August 2, 2006 at 1:08 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
123
Citing Clausewitz’s dictum, “War is mere continuation of politics by other means….” and paraphrasing Foucault’s near reversal of the same, that politics is war in more civil guise, Agacinski rejects both: “Allow me this minor detail: war is a means men use, not women. Thus there is no ‘war […]

 
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