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The Feminine SymptomAleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos$
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Emanuela Bianchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262182

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262182.001.0001

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The Feminine Symptom

Emanuela Bianchi

Fordham University Press

The introduction explains the notion of the feminine symptom and its operation in Aristotle’s metaphysics and biological becoming as the inexplicable coincidence of chance disruption and teleological unfolding. Symptom is derived from the Greek sumptôma, meaning “coincidence,” and thus it is linked chance, the aleatory and to matter. Its usage by Aristotle is explored. In addition to its medical meaning, symptom also refers to a manifest problem in a philosophical text such as a contradiction or aporia, and it bears a particular relationship to the practice of reading, to the production of truth and semblance. The book’s project is situated in relation to Heidegger, Derrida, and Irigaray, and its methodology of a psychoanalytically informed feminist deconstruction as “critical intimacy” is described. A synopsis of the chapters is provided

Keywords:   Aristotle, Symptom, Coincidence, Chance, Matter, Feminine, Irigaray, Becoming, Truth, Feminism

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