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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 Errant Feminine in Plato’s Timaeus

The Errant Feminine in Plato’s Timaeus

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(p.85) Chapter Three The Errant Feminine in Plato’s Timaeus
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The Feminine Symptom
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Emanuela Bianchi

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262182.003.0004

This chapter returns to Plato’s Timaeus as the cosmological precursor of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. It focuses on the central part of the dialogue, where a “third kind” or “errant cause” is added to Being and Becoming as a proto-material context or space which provides the basis for Being’s embodiment as the world of Becoming in the cosmogony. Variously called receptacle, chôra (space), necessity, gold, a nurse, a mother, a wax tablet, the substrate of an ointment, the receptacle/chôra is a restless figure, and also the source of cosmic motion. The relationship among being, becoming, and persuasion is examined, and the feminine valence of the receptacle/chôra is explored in relation to its uptake by Kristeva, Irigaray, Derrida, and Sallis. The errancy and femininity of the receptacle/chôra means that it offers a certain potential for aleatory feminism that is reduced, pacified, and systematized in Aristotelian matter.

Keywords:   Plato, Timaeus, Chora, Receptacle, Cosmogony, Feminine, Feminism, Becoming, Persuasion, Motion

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