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From Goddess Spirituality to Irigaray's Angel: The Politics of the Divine

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Abstract:

This article argues that the act of conceptualizing a female divine, whether by socalled low-brow Goddess Spiritualists or high-brow French philosophers, rather than being a mere spiritual exercise, has enormous political significance for feminisms. In particular, I demonstrate that Irigaray's concept of the sensible transcendental , by refiguring a god which is both male and female, transcendent and immanent, theorizes a potential dissolution of the binary logic which forms the basis of western philosophy. The second half of the article looks at the complex role of the angel in Irigaray's theory of the divine in order to demonstrate that, as a result of having misinterpreted the angel's position, critics have failed to recognize the significance and relevance of Irigaray's sensible transcendental for feminist politics.

Keywords: ANGEL; DIVINE; FEMINIST SPIRITUALITY; GODDESS; IRIGARAY; SENSIBLE TRANSCENDENTAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/014177800440239

Publication date: 2000-09-01

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