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Existence in its sexual being

Glendinning, Simon (2023) Existence in its sexual being. Paragraph, 45 (3). 285 - 301. ISSN 0264-8334

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Identification Number: 10.3366/para.2022.0405


In ‘Geschlecht: Sexual Difference, Ontological Difference’, Derrida develops a reading of Heidegger’s ‘neutral’ term ‘Dasein’ that highlights its openness to a conception of sexual difference that is not yet binary. I explore this theme in relation to two further lines of thought. The first draws Heidegger’s remarks on Dasein’s factually concrete existence into correspondence with the European humanist tradition and the implications this reveals concerning a still binary determination of sex difference in Heidegger’s conception of existence in its sexual being. The second engages with Derrida’s own affirmation of a beyond binary conception of existence in its sexual being, a conception elaborated in this article in terms of singular sexual styles that are strictly irreducible to the organic bodily characteristics and behaviour of a living human being.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 Edinburgh University Press.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 12:27
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2024 07:00

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