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Thinking Fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Postmodernism in the Contemporary West
by Jane Flax
Thinking Fragments provides a brilliant critique of psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodern theory. Examining the writings of Freud, Winnicott, Lacan, Chodorow, Irigaray, Derrida, Rorty, and Foucault, among others, Flax conducts a "conversation" among psychoanalysts, feminist thinkers, and postmodern theorists, evaluating the ways in which each group of thinkers succeeds ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published December 18th 1990 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 1990)
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One of Jane Flax's projects in Thinking Fragments is to deconstruct or at least question some of the premises of Western metaphysics, such as the mind/body split. In reading Rene Descartes’ philosophy from a feminist perspective, Flax posits that “Descartes’ philosophy can be read as a desperate attempt to escape from the body, sexuality, and the wiles of the unconscious.” To show the erasure of the body evident in Cartesian thought Flax first quotes from Descartes’ Discourse on Method, “so that ...more
Oct 08, 2011 Kathleen rated it did not like it
my advisor loves this book and talks about how smart this lady is. i don't doubt that she's brilliant--but i cannot understand what my advisor thinks is so great about this book. to me, it seems sloppy. lots of "poststructuralist" or "postmodern" theorists get pushed together, as though they represent a consistent, coherent school of thought. and the psychoanalysis stuff... i just don't get it. psychoanalysis is pseudoscience. while i can see that it was influential in the development of ideas, ...more
Es difícil generalizar sobre los numerosos discursos que se sitúan bajo las banderas del posmodernismo, pero la mayoría se inscriben, aunque sea indirectamente, bajo la crítica a las narrativas de los maestros modernistas de Jean-Francois Lyotard, las afirmaciones sobre el simulacro cultural de Jean Baudrillard, o la crítica a la metafísica Occidental de Jacques Derrida. En sus formulaciones más básicas y reduccionistas, las teorías posmodernistas son definidas por muchos de sus proponentes como ...more