This opens up new possibilities for feminism as an identity politics that can also acknowledge racial cultural and power differences amongst women the phenomenal woman explores a metaphysics in which identity is birthed from patterns of relationship movement and power. The phenomenal woman is a startlingly original work of philosophy in her construction of a new metaphysics which takes the woman as norm in definitions of self personhood and identity christine battersby contests the conceptualization of the kantian subject. Phenomenal woman feminist metaphysics and the patterns of identity book read reviews from worlds largest community for readers this volume enters th. In the phenomenal woman feminist metaphysics and the pattern of identity 1998 battersby engages ancient continental and analytic philosophy constructing a metaphysics of self and identity a metaphysical position that takes the female subject position as its norm her search for a metaphysics of becoming rather than being is motivated by . The phenomenal woman marks out a place for a metaphysics of fluidity in the current debates concerning postmodernism feminism and identity politics it will interest philosophers unfamiliar with feminist theory and open up debates in feminist philosophy to non philosophers studying women and gender
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