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Luce Irigaray

  • What I wanted from you, Mother, was this, / That in giving me life, / You too remained alive.

    • Luce Irigaray,
    • "And the One Doesn't Stir Without the Other" (1981), Key Writings ()
  • ... letting be is as important as mastering. Our tradition has encouraged us to be effective, to make or fabricate but not to let be born or let be.

  • Traditional morality ... does not teach us how to let the other follow his or her own path, meet with whomever he or she desires, go where he or she wants.

  • Nature is a universal that is shareable by all, males and females, men and women, and can thus be of use in mediating between all. The same does not apply for already constructed worlds and cultures. They are neither universal nor easily shareable.

  • The sole a priori starting from which I can approach the other is respect, that is, a going-towards that will as well be a withdrawing-before and -around the other in order to let this other exist and be.

  • Self-affection is the real dwelling to which we must always return with a view to a faithfulness to ourselves and an ability to welcome the other as different.

Luce Irigaray, Belgium-born French philosopher, feminist, linguist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, cultural theorist