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Luce Irigaray is a French national, born in Belgium in 1930. Her initial training was undertaken at Louvain, and her earlier work was on Paul Valéry. She then moved into psychology, linguistics and psychoanalysis. The book Speculum formed the substance of her Doctorate of Letters thesis, at the University of Paris VIII. She is a now Director of Research in Philosophy at the National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris. Her network goes far beyond the academic, and her influence in the field of ideas is very widespread, in academic circles, among feminists, and among the thinking public in general. She is a frequent visitor to Italy, and contributes regularly to the newspaper of the Italian Communist Party. Luce Irigaray's recent work takes her to the forefront of psycho-linguistic enquiry, particularly in the area of gender in langu...
Michèle Le Doeuff was born in 1948, and currently holds a research post in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris). She previously taught at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Fontenay-aux¬Roses). Her work is united by certain thematic lines of enquiry, though it is quite disparate in appearance. The impressive body of her historical work on Francis Bacon, and the history of science, is less well-known in Anglo-Saxon countries than her work on feminism, and the idea of the subject. Outside France she is particularly identified by her work on the philosophic 'imaginary'. Her own exploration of this theme gives her historical writing and her contemporary writing a consistency which turns on certain observations about philosophical method. Some of these observations are gender-based, but all could be described as critical: the...
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