"Philosophy and the Maternal Body" is both timely and unique. It joins debates over maternity in philosophy with post-structuralism and post-Marxism in new and fascinating ways. It also brings together a compelling discussion of Freud and Marx. This is an invaluable "contribution and promises to change the course of feminist analysis in philosophy."-Kelly Oliver, University of Texas at Austin
The silence of the feminine voice in the history of philosophy is one of the most pressing problems of contemporary philosophy. Philosophy and the Maternal Body; Reading Silence is the first study to investigate this exclusion through the relationship between philosophy and pregnancy. Drawing on rich examples such as Plato's allegory of the cave, the notion of man' in Marx's philosophy and the insights of Freud and Melanie Klein on the mother, Michelle Boulous Walker shows how the maternal body has played a crucial but overlooked role in shaping ideas at the heart of Western philosophy. Philosophy and the Maternal Body also draws on the more recent work of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva clearly showing how these two key thinkers have combined philosophy and psychoanalysis to develop profound insights into the significance of the maternal body.