The Way of Love (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers)
- Binding: Hardcover
In this analysis of language and human relations, Luce Irigaray approaches both these issues from the perspective of sexual difference, which she has argued is perhaps the most fundamental question for our time. She asks the question how can we love each other? . Irigaray presents an exploration of desire and the human heart. If Western philosophy has claimed to be a love of wisdom, it has forgotten to become a wisdom of love. We still lack words, gestures, ways of doing or thinking to approach one another as humans, to enter into dialogue, to build a world where we can live together. Globalization represents an opportunity but also a danger for humanity. Sameness has been the key to the construction of Western cultures and societies. Difference-beginning with sexual difference-can open up for us an era of inter-communication, from our most everyday exchanges to the universal interweaving of a democratic global community. Proposing an understanding of philosophy as the wisdom of love and not just as the love of wisdom, Luce Irigaray explores the relation to one's self, to others and to the world. An engagement with the history of Western philosophy, t stake is nothing less than learning to respect and encourage human becoming, opening a horizon for a new stage in human history.