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By Lauren Swayne Barthold

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This ebook attracts at the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to notify a feminist point of view of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold strikes past solutions that both guard the target nature of identities or push aside their value altogether. construction at the paintings of either hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of id, she asserts the relevance of innovations like horizon, coherence, discussion, play, software, and pageant for constructing a thought of identification. This quantity argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are important methods of fostering which means and reference to others. Barthold additionally demonstrates how a hermeneutic method of social identities supplies opinions of and resistance to identity-based oppression.

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2006). See Zerilli (2005) for an attempt to legitimize a political feminism that, building on the work of Hannah Arendt, refuses both realism and a modern subjectivist account of feminist theory. Chanter has also commented on the apparent contradiction involved in defending both realism and hermeneutics and argues that Alcoff’s emphasis on the objective nature of identity categories “seems to run counter to the importance of perspective that we have seen Martín Alcoff explicitly endorse” (Chanter 2009, 48).

For example, while her description of women’s relationship of meaning to their reproductive possibilities may make sense given our current culture, I do not find it heartening that we would get excited about and endorse as “real” the fact that women are so tied to their current reproductive practices. For, by focusing on the importance of wombs for women, we seem to tacitly endorse cultural expectations that our daughters’ sexed identities are inextricable from their possession of wombs. While she is explicit about rejecting the “biology is destiny” mantra of earlier moments in history, I am not convinced her emphasis provides any sort of alternative to this route.

2006). See Zerilli (2005) for an attempt to legitimize a political feminism that, building on the work of Hannah Arendt, refuses both realism and a modern subjectivist account of feminist theory. Chanter has also commented on the apparent contradiction involved in defending both realism and hermeneutics and argues that Alcoff’s emphasis on the objective nature of identity categories “seems to run counter to the importance of perspective that we have seen Martín Alcoff explicitly endorse” (Chanter 2009, 48).

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