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The gender of silence: Irigaray on the measureless measure


Knowles, Adam (2015). The gender of silence: Irigaray on the measureless measure. The journal of speculative philosophy, 29(3):302-313.

Abstract

This article explores the gendered nature of speech and silence in ancient Greece by showing how women were denied the measure of moderation with regard to speech. Drawing on examples from Plato and Aristotle, it shows how the voice of Greek women was associated with irreducibly contradictory qualities of being too loud, yet never silent enough. Exploring these contradictions through Plato's chōra and Irigaray's Speculum of the Other Woman, it argues that Greek women were ultimately considered essentially atopos, or out of place by virtue of their measurelessness, with great political consequences for the city.

Abstract

This article explores the gendered nature of speech and silence in ancient Greece by showing how women were denied the measure of moderation with regard to speech. Drawing on examples from Plato and Aristotle, it shows how the voice of Greek women was associated with irreducibly contradictory qualities of being too loud, yet never silent enough. Exploring these contradictions through Plato's chōra and Irigaray's Speculum of the Other Woman, it argues that Greek women were ultimately considered essentially atopos, or out of place by virtue of their measurelessness, with great political consequences for the city.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:10 Sep 2023 14:09
Last Modified:31 Jan 2024 02:42
Publisher:Penn State University Press
ISSN:0891-625X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5325/jspecphil.29.3.0302