This book examines feminist philosophical analyses of sexual oppression of women by men, and brings them into conversation with phenomenological, ontological, and psychoanalytical accounts of erotic experience and sexual difference. Erotic relation with the other is about a corporeal, affective encounter in which people are revealed to themselves and to each other in who they are. In eroticism, law, prohibitions, paradoxes, death, abjection, subjectivity, sovereignty, commitment, engagement, freedom, and intimate, affective relations with other human beings are at stake. This book examines different accounts of erotic experience and invites the reader to deepen their existential reflection on the significance of Eros for human life.
Chapter 1: Simone de Beauvoir: An Ontology and Ethics of Freedom
Chapter 2: Georges Bataille: Erotic Experience
Chapter 3: The Problem of Phallocentrism
Chapter 4: Different Ontologies in Queer Theory
Chapter 5: Jean Luc-Nancy: An Ontology of Sex
Chapter 6: Subjects of Rights: From Vulnerability to Autonomy
Zeynep Direk obtained her Ph. D from the University of Memphis in 1998. She is professor at Koç University, Department of Philosophy in Istanbul, Turkey. She publishes on contemporary French philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, feminism, and the history of Turkish philosophy. Her research on feminism focuses on feminist thinkers’ interpretations of the fundamental problems and concepts of Western philosophy. She has co-edited, with Leonard Lawlor, A Companion to Derrida (2014), and is the author of three books in Turkish.