Christine BATTERSBY : Learning to Think Intercontinentally : Finding Australian Routes

Published in Hypatia 15.2, Spring 2000.

This introductory essay argues that it is a mistake to represent Australian feminist philosophy as a kind of discourse theory that is « downstream » of the French post-structuralists or North American postmodernists. Starting with the local–and the specifically Australian modes of racial exclusion, in particular–and exploring some of the byways of philosophy, what we encounter is a range of ontological, ethical, and political models that allow a reconfiguration of self, community, and social change.

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