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WITTIG'S MATERIAL PRACTICE: Universalizing a Minority Point of View

WITTIG'S MATERIAL PRACTICE: Universalizing a Minority Point of View Universalizing a Minority Point of View Judith Butler a minority writer is effective only if it succeeds in making the minority point of view universal. Perhaps there is something called, for instance, a lesbian point of view, that in being universalized is being legislated to everyone. The consequence would not be that everyone is henceforth a lesbian, or even that everyone is hence­ forth lesbianized — whatever that might mean. The task is, rather, to establish a minority point of view that can sustain or bear a universal perspective. Of course, it is not immediately clear in what this universal perspective might consist and what it means to “bear” it, but let us consider for a moment how this works, if it works. There are, of course, traditions within philosophy that call for a posi­ tion characterized as a concrete universal (Hegel) or a singular universal (Kier­ kegaard), and these seem to suggest only that the subject is at once situated and generalized, and that a dual perspective is occasioned as a consequence. Some­ times the dual perspective can be occupied without conflict, as is eventually the case with Hegel, but sometimes it is lived as a contradiction http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

WITTIG'S MATERIAL PRACTICE: Universalizing a Minority Point of View

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Duke University Press
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© 2007 by Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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1064-2684
DOI
10.1215/10642684-2007-018
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Abstract

Universalizing a Minority Point of View Judith Butler a minority writer is effective only if it succeeds in making the minority point of view universal. Perhaps there is something called, for instance, a lesbian point of view, that in being universalized is being legislated to everyone. The consequence would not be that everyone is henceforth a lesbian, or even that everyone is hence­ forth lesbianized — whatever that might mean. The task is, rather, to establish a minority point of view that can sustain or bear a universal perspective. Of course, it is not immediately clear in what this universal perspective might consist and what it means to “bear” it, but let us consider for a moment how this works, if it works. There are, of course, traditions within philosophy that call for a posi­ tion characterized as a concrete universal (Hegel) or a singular universal (Kier­ kegaard), and these seem to suggest only that the subject is at once situated and generalized, and that a dual perspective is occasioned as a consequence. Some­ times the dual perspective can be occupied without conflict, as is eventually the case with Hegel, but sometimes it is lived as a contradiction

Journal

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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