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The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos

Emanuela Bianchi


The Feminine Symptom is a deconstructive, psychoanalytic, continental feminist study of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. It proposes that Aristotle’s theory of sexual reproduction is key to understanding his philosophical project as a whole. Just as a craftsman creates an artifact, the male supplies the form, which acts on matter provided by the female. The “feminine symptom” refers to the mechanism by which a female offspring is produced, namely a fault or misstep in the teleological unfolding of reproduction, occasioned by the presence of chance forces, but one that is necessary to the teleol ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Chance, Matter, Sexual difference, Teleology, Biology, Materialism, Metaphysics, Feminism, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823262182
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emanuela Bianchi, author
New York University