Susan Bordo: Feminist Interpretations of René Descartes

A re-reading of the Cartesian corpus from the multiple vantage points of contemporary feminism. It includes discussion of: the implications of Descartes' epistemology for feminists and feminist epistemology; the implications of his metaphysics for social constructions of women; the historical context of his intellectual relations with women; and an exploration of reasons why his female critics have been so erased from the contemporary history of philosophy. The contributors to this volume are Susan Bordo, Stanley Clarke, Erica Harth, Leslie Heywood, Luce Irigaray, Genevieve Lloyd, Mario Moussa, Eileen O'Neill, Adrianna Paliyenko, Ruth Perry, Mario Sáenz, Karl Stern, Thomas Wartenberg, and James Winders.

Susan Bordo is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky and is the author of several books, including Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (California, 1993) and Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (California, 1997).