The life and contributions of american philosopher judith butler

Others scholars have been more critical. People have asked, so what are the demands? Butler accepts the claim that if the subject is opaque to itself the limitations of its free ethical responsibility and obligations are due to the limits of narrative, presuppositions of language and projection.

In several countries, Butler became the symbol of the destruction of traditional gender roles for reactionary movements.

Austin's idea of performative utterance, makes erroneous legal claims, forecloses an essential site of resistance by repudiating pre-cultural agency, and provides no normative ethical theory to direct the subversive performances that Butler endorses.

Judith Butler - Biography

She instead says that all gender works in this way of performativity and a representing of an internalized notion of gender norms. When Is Life Grievable? To do this, Butler emphasizes the role of repetition in performativity, making use of Derrida's theory of iterability, a form of citationality, to work out a theory of performativity in terms of iterability: And this repetition is not performed by a subject; this repetition is what enables a subject and constitutes the temporal condition for the subject.

The book has enjoyed widespread popularity outside of traditional academic circles, even inspiring an intellectual fanzine, Judy! The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Her theory of gender performativity as well as her conception of "critically queer" have not only transformed understandings of gender and queer identity in the academic world, but have shaped and mobilized various kinds of political activism, particularly queer activism, across the globe.

Over the years, she has been particularly active in the gay and lesbian rights, feminist, and anti-war movements. Susan Bordo, for example, has argued that Butler reduces gender to language, contending that the body is a major part of gender, thus implicitly opposing Butler's conception of gender as performed.

While she is best-known for her interventions into feminist debates on gender, sexuality and feminist politics, her focus in recent years has broadened to encompass some of the most pertinent topics of interest to contemporary political philosophy.

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She is also a member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. Yet her contribution to a range of other disciplines — such as psychoanalysis, literary, film, and performance studies as well as visual arts — has also been significant.

For Butler, the "script" of gender performance is effortlessly transmitted generation to generation in the form of socially established "meanings": Butler also critically discussed the work of philosophers including Simone de BeauvoirSigmund Freud and Michel Foucault.

Butler revisits and refines her notion of performativity and focuses on the question of undoing "restrictively normative conceptions of sexual and gendered life". To do this, Butler emphasizes the role of repetition in performativity, making use of Derrida's theory of iterability, a form of citationality, to work out a theory of performativity in terms of iterability: She cited racist comments on the part of organizers and a general failure of CSD organizations to distance themselves from racism in general and from anti-Muslim excuses for war more specifically.

Reimer committed suicide in This is the sense in which Butler famously theorizes gender, along with sex and sexuality, as performative.

Judith Butler - Biography

An important idea in this work is also that identity forms through repetition of acts or imitation and not due to a certain original identity that exists prior to repetition.

It is not done with, over, relegated to a past, which then becomes part of a causal or narrative reconstruction of the self.

And the impossible demands, they say, are just not practical.

Judith Butler

Either they say there are no demands and that leaves your critics confused, or they say that the demands for social equality and economic justice are impossible demands. On this basis, Butler rejects arguments like Richard Delgado's which justify the censorship of certain specific words by claiming the use of those words constitutes hate speech in any context.

She has been politically active throughout her career, focusing her attention on feminism, queer and gender-related issues. It is considered to be one of the canonical texts of queer theory and postmodern poststructural feminism and sold overcopies internationally.

This iterability implies that 'performance' is not a singular 'act' or event, but a ritualized production, a ritual reiterated under and through constraint, under and through the force of prohibition and taboo, with the threat of ostracism and even death controlling and compelling the shape of the production, but not, I will insist, determining it fully in advance.

Ina revised version of her Ph.

Judith Butler

As a child and teenager, she attended both Hebrew school and special classes on Jewish ethics, where she received her "first training in philosophy". Perhaps the most widely voiced criticism concerned her dense, jargon-laden prose and her nonlinear style of argument, both of which were viewed by some readers as rhetorical devices serving to conceal a paucity of original ideas.

The Political Philosophy of Judith Butler

She explains how the theater is much less threatening and does not produce the same fear that gender performances often encounter because of the fact that there is a clear distinction from reality within the theater.

The scene of address by which responsibility is enabled is always already a relation between subjects who are variably opaque to themselves and to each other. Instead she argues for an ethics based precisely on the limits of self-knowledge as the limits of responsibility itself. Butler believes that identity forms through repetition or imitation and is not original.

She states that one may feel the need of being recognized in order to live, but that at the same time, the conditions to be recognized make life "unlivable". When Is Life Grievable? Butler argues that the performance of gender itself creates gender.

In Butler's account, it is on the basis of the construction of natural binary sex that binary gender and heterosexuality are likewise constructed as natural.Judith Butler (born February 24, ) is an American post-structuralist philosopher, who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics.

She is a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley. Judith Butler, in full Judith Pamela Butler, (born February 24,Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.), American academic whose theories of the performative nature of gender and sex were influential within Francocentric philosophy, cultural theory, queer theory, and some schools of philosophical feminism from the late 20th century.

Judith Butler on Feminism Judith Butler is an American gender theorist and professor of comparative literature and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judith Butler on Feminism Judith Butler is an American gender theorist and professor of comparative literature and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics.

She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley/5(). Judith Butler (born February 24, ) is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of feminist, queer and literary tsuki-infini.comtion: American Philosopher And Gender Theorist.

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