chapter  1
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The praxis of difference: notes on the tragedy of the subject


Post-metaphysical critiques of the subject would appear to have coincided with the collapse of the political and of the attempt to think the political. And yet two seemingly contradictory assertions are to be heard today. On one hand, the advent of the feminine spells the death of the subject – the opposition between subject and object being a phallic position. On the other hand, after centuries of subjugation, women want to become ‘subjects in their own right’. These notes are intended to offer a survey of this aporia. How can that which ‘is’ not be a self? In the following discussion, this question will be approached from the perspective of sexual difference, one of several areas upon which it has a bearing.