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The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos by Emanuela Bianchi (review)

The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos by Emanuela Bianchi (review) Emanuela Bianchi The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-8232-6219-9 Jessica Elbert Decker Traditional feminist critiques of Aristotle fault him for his basic misogyny, but Emanuela Bianchi's complex reading explores the subtleties of his thought through a "critical intimacy" with the texts, aiming neither to discredit nor salvage Aristotle's theory but to undertake a rigorous reading through a feminist psychoanalytic lens. Bianchi's analysis is creative while remaining firmly grounded in the texts, revealing hidden constellations within Aristotle's system. The focal point of her analysis is the "feminine" motion of matter as it appears throughout Aristotle's philosophy; Bianchi calls attention to his Generation of Animals as "the hidden and therefore never adequately studied foundational book of Western patriarchal metaphysics" (2). Following Irigaray, Bianchi's method is to interrogate Aristotle's text in order to reveal unconscious structures of his thought that ground patriarchy and its subjugation of female subjects. Sexual difference, as it appears throughout Aristotle's corpus but most visibly in Generation of Animals, lies at the heart of patriarchal metaphysics--teleological male activity and techne both depend upon passive, receptive, and purportedly powerless "feminine" matter. Matter is aligned with the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png philoSOPHIA suny_press

The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos by Emanuela Bianchi (review)

philoSOPHIA , Volume 5 (2) – Feb 3, 2015

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Emanuela Bianchi The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-8232-6219-9 Jessica Elbert Decker Traditional feminist critiques of Aristotle fault him for his basic misogyny, but Emanuela Bianchi's complex reading explores the subtleties of his thought through a "critical intimacy" with the texts, aiming neither to discredit nor salvage Aristotle's theory but to undertake a rigorous reading through a feminist psychoanalytic lens. Bianchi's analysis is creative while remaining firmly grounded in the texts, revealing hidden constellations within Aristotle's system. The focal point of her analysis is the "feminine" motion of matter as it appears throughout Aristotle's philosophy; Bianchi calls attention to his Generation of Animals as "the hidden and therefore never adequately studied foundational book of Western patriarchal metaphysics" (2). Following Irigaray, Bianchi's method is to interrogate Aristotle's text in order to reveal unconscious structures of his thought that ground patriarchy and its subjugation of female subjects. Sexual difference, as it appears throughout Aristotle's corpus but most visibly in Generation of Animals, lies at the heart of patriarchal metaphysics--teleological male activity and techne both depend upon passive, receptive, and purportedly powerless "feminine" matter. Matter is aligned with the

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