What has not yet been imagined in thought is: how to remain together while still being two, how to be and become subjectively two, how to discover a way of coexisting as two beings…a way of living and thinking and loving as two beings without one being reduced to the other?…[t]hanks to the respect that I feel for the other as other, to articulate both attraction and restraint with respect to him. I go out from and return to myself in order to respect his alterity, and this respect for the other becomes respect for myself, my life and my growth. So there is no longer fusion or submission, but the existence of a two which is irreducible to one or to the simple opposition between one (male) and the other (female), a reduction which makes them simply two poles of the one. Luce Irigaray , Democracy Begins Between Two 112–13
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Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, 3-68 MacKinnon Building, Guelph Ontario N1H 2W1, Canada
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April 1, 2006
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