Sharing the Fire: Outline of a Dialectics of Sensitivity

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Whilst he broaches the theme of the difference between the sexes, Hegel does not go deep enough into the question of their mutual desire as a crucial stage in our becoming truly human. He ignores the dialectical process regarding sensitivity and sensuousness. And yet this is needed to make spiritual the relation between two human subjectivities differently determined by nature and to ensure the connection between body and spirit, nature and culture, private life and public life. This leads Hegel to fragment human subjectivity into yearnings for art, religion and philosophy thereby losing the unity attained through the cultivation of a longing for the absolute born of a desire for one another as different.
Furthermore, our epoch of history is different from the Hegelian one and demands that we consider additional aspects of human subjectivity. This is essential if we are to overcome the nihilism inherent in our traditional metaphysics without falling into a worse nihilism due to a lack of rigorous thinking common today.
The increasing power of technique and technologies as well as the task of building a world culture are two other challenges we face. Our sexuate belonging provides us with a universal living determination of our subjectivity – now a dual subjectivity – and also with a natural energy potential which allows us to use technical resources without becoming dependent on them.

Luce Irigaray

The book is now available to order through Palgrave Macmillan.


Luce Irigaray, Mahon O’Brien, Christos Hadjioannou eds.

Explores the key ideas from Irigaray’s most recent book, To Be Born

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With my own introduction and epilogue, Towards a New Human Being gathers original essays by early career researchers and established academic figures in response to To Be Born, my most recent book. The contributors approach key issues of this book from their own scientific fields and perspectives – through calls for a different way of bringing up and educating children, the constitution of a new environmental and sociocultural milieu or the criticism of past metaphysics and the introduction of new themes into the philosophical horizon. However, all the essays which compose the volume correspond to proposals for the advent of a new human being – so answering the subtitle of To Be Born: Genesis of a New Human Being. To Be Born thus acts as a background from which each author had the opportunity to develop and think in their own way. As such Towards a New Human Being is part of a longer-term undertaking in which I engaged together and in dialogue with more or less confirmed thinkers with a view to giving birth to a new human being and building a new world.

–Luce Irigaray


Table of contents:

Irigaray, Luce

How to Lead a Child to Flower: Luce Irigaray’s Philosophy of the Growth of Children
Carter, Jennifer
What a Child Can Teach Us
Fannin, Maria
To Be Born a Girl? Irigaray, Sexuate Identity and the Girl
Mitchell, Elspeth
From Desire to Be Born to Desire for Being Together in the Philosophy of Luce Irigaray
Szopa, Katarzyna
Heidegger, the Fourfold and Luce Irigaray’s To Be Born: An Architectural Perspective
Wheeler, Andrea
“Testimony Against the Whole”: Examining the Limits of Peace with Irigaray and Derrida
Bregazzi, Harry
Politics of Relation, Politics of Love
Jones Reed, Emma
Original Wonder: An Irigarayan Reading of the Genesis Cosmology
Rine Favale, Abigail
Faithful to Life
Kaminski, Phyllis
Re-founding Philosophy with Self-Affection
Bevan, Andrew
Can Our Being in the World Remain in the Neuter?
Hadjioannou, Christos
On Nietzsche and Pregnancy; The Beginning of the Genesis of a New Human Being
Mitcheson, Katrina
Nothing Against Natality
O’Brien, Mahon

Irigaray, Luce

You can already buy the book through the website of Palgrave.