A Requiem to Sexual Difference: A Response to Luciana Parisi’s ‘Event and Evolution.’
2010 (English)In: The Southern Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 0038-4283, E-ISSN 2041-6962, Vol. 48, no s1, 165-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aside from constructing a compelling case for how rereading evolution from a neomaterialist and radical empiricist perspective undermines an enduring binary of sexual difference, Luciana Parisi underscores a tension in the work of Elizabeth Grosz, known both for her novel, feminist, neomaterialist study of Darwinian evolution and her staunch support of sexual difference. Parisi contends, and I suspect Grosz herself is keenly aware, that there is a paradox in holding these views simultaneously. Thus, this paper will not only expand upon Parisi's argument for preaccelerated, unbounded, creative, inhuman, neomaterialist, and radical empirical accounts of matter and sex but also propose a reading of Grosz's work that could potentially wrest her from the perceived paradox. I call this the “theory sex” reading, which can be characterized as a metatheoretical difference materially embodied in the unbridgeable gap between Grosz's two theoretical stances. Theory sex is not an ontology but a concept in line with a Deleuzo–Guattarian understanding of the philosopher's mode of living with chaos. Theory sex produces vibrations and dissonance, which reproduce or chart lines of flight toward theories like Parisi's. These vibrations compose the requiem both honoring and retaining the virtual legacy of sexual difference into the future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 48, no s1, 165-187 p.
Sexual Difference, Materialism, Gender, Evolution, Grosz, Parisi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73880DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2010.00027.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73880DiVA: diva2:478213
Conference on Sexes of Evolution - Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy and Evolutionary Theory, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis TN USA, September 24-26, 2009