By Patricia Hill Collins
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In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American girls have built a wealthy highbrow culture that's not well known. In Black Feminist Thought, initially released in 1990, Patricia Hill Collins got down to discover the phrases and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, either in the academy and without. Here Collins provides an interpretive framework for the paintings of such fashionable Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. Drawing from fiction, poetry, song and oral heritage, the result's a perfectly crafted and innovative booklet that supplied the 1st artificial review of Black feminist suggestion and its canon.
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37Aquinas suggests that woman’s existence is problematic because, as Aristotle says, she is a “misbegotten male,” because she is naturally subjugated to man, and because she is the occasion for sin. If God’s creation is in all respects good, it is puzzling to Aquinas how such an imperfect being as woman 36 - Chapter One could have been made in this original act of production. 1). As to the question of why sexual differentiation is at all necessary for human biology, Aquinas’s answer is that sexual differentiation allows for a separation across the sexes between the active and passive powers in generation, which makes possible man’s pursuance of the noble, “vital operation” of intellection.
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, trans. and ed. H. M. Parshley (New York: Vintage Books, 1974), xviii. 15. Elizabeth Grosz, “Contemporary Theories of Power and Subjectivity,” in Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct, ed. Sneja Gunew (London and New York: Routledge, 1990), 60. 16. Penelope Deutscher, Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction, and the History of Philosophy (London and New York: Routledge, 1997), 165-66. I will discuss strategies for reading the “feminine” in the history of philosophy in the next chapter.
This Page Intentionally Left Blank C H A P T E R O N E Feminism and the History of Philosophy Feminist rereadings of the history of philosophy were one of the first fields for the burgeoning new work of feminist philosophy in the early 1970s. After all, philosophers who made up the core canon in Western philosophy were without exception men, most of whom had made reprehensible comments about women. One could open a text of Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, or Kant and find one’s feminist suspicions confirmed: Philosophers had been sexist.