Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method by Gillian Howie (auth.)

By Gillian Howie (auth.)

In her most modern publication, Gillian Howie bargains a daring new solution to make feel of the connection among feminist thought and capitalism. This interesting mix of existentialism, phenomenology, and significant conception supplies a proactive feminism able to reply to the demanding situations awarded by way of our completely sleek times.

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Essence and Appearance Reified cognition does not simply mistake the way the world is; it can reflect the way the world actually reveals itself. The conceptual distinction “essence and appearance” explains this. The spectre of “essence and appearance” haunts anyone in nodding acquaintance with Nietzsche. Despite the fact that it is commonplace in various sciences to accept that the way the world appears is at odds with, but can be explained in terms of, an underlying reality, the idea that it is plausible to explain the way reality appears by appealing to an underlying essential reality sets the hares running within Marxian and feminist theory.

They incorporate histories of trouble, conflict, oppression, and exploitation. And in this case, we should expect these conflicts to be reflected in our approach to objects and subjects in the world. Critical reflection on the conditions of objectivity should reveal what is required to maintain the illusion of Cartesian objectivity and neutrality. ” I take these features to include inter alia the masking of interests; an approach to identity and difference that pays attention to similarity and at times thinks this in terms of sameness; and a tendency to abstract— and try to make sense of—events, roles, human characteristics away from their social contexts.

Because exploitation is defined in terms of the appropriation of remunerated labor, the ways in which individual men benefit from the distribution of labor within the family also becomes invisible. 54 The political landscape thus created defines all relevant oppression as economic exploitation and all relevant production as remunerated. Marx confines the role of women within capitalism to the provision of cheap labor (reserve pool of labor), or to the realm of consumption, and hides the labor performed by women in the unproductive, nonremunerated “domestic” sphere.

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