Abstract / Bemerkung
Elizabeth Grosz's interpretation of Darwinian evolutionary theory to ground a feminist ontology of biology has been particularly controversial. Most critics have understood Grosz as supporting her theory with empirical evidence, and they criticize her for being either inaccurate or uncritical of and overly dependent on science. I argue that Grosz reads Darwin as a philosopher in a Deleuzian and Irigarayan sense, and that Grosz's project is therefore better understood in terms of its ethical and political goals rather than in terms of empirical adequacy. Employing this evaluative framework leads to a novel route for critique of Grosz's ontology in terms of its reliance on the Darwinian distinction between organism and environment. I conclude that Grosz's work is valuable for the way it maintains ethical and political considerations in feminist ontological debates, and that introducing a more sensitive understanding of the organism-environment relation will lead us closer to a truly feminist ontology of biology.
Trappes R. Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn. Hypatia. 2019;34(4):736-754.
Trappes, R. (2019). Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn. Hypatia, 34(4), 736-754. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12487
Trappes, R. (2019). Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn. Hypatia 34, 736-754.
Trappes, R., 2019. Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn. Hypatia, 34(4), p 736-754.
R. Trappes, “Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn”, Hypatia, vol. 34, 2019, pp. 736-754.
Trappes, R.: Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn. Hypatia. 34, 736-754 (2019).
Trappes, Rose. “Evaluating Elizabeth Grosz's Biological Turn”. Hypatia 34.4 (2019): 736-754.
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