oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Farewell as sign of love : Irigaray with(out) Nietzsche in

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Luce Irigaray's is part of her "tetralogy" on natural elements (water, air, fire and earth) and male philosophers. The aim of this project is to show how the primal elements are the natural fabrics of passions, feelings and emotions, both in everyday life and philosophical interrogations. As we can guess, is about water and the philosopher in question is Friedrich Nietzsche, a great thinker whose encounters with feminism are "interesting and productive, but never easy", whose reading is "worthwhile for feminist theorists", as well as "his critique of the liberal subject and the ethics of selfâ??creation that this critique entails". The way in which Irigaray meets Nietzsche is simple and direct: she addresses the philosopher using only the second person, without even using his name (she starts mentioning him only in the last section), working in an endless face to face with the main concepts that Nietzsche introduces in his famous masterpiece . For instance, concepts such as eternal recurrence, the , selfâ??overcoming, latest thought and the death of God, among others, are all rethought by Irigaray using both the sexual difference and the role of the woman as key features.

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