Presence with a Difference: Buddhists and Feminists on Subjectivity
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1994 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Feminist Philosophy of Religion
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 112–130, November 1994
How to Cite
Klein, A. C. (1994), Presence with a Difference: Buddhists and Feminists on Subjectivity. Hypatia, 9: 112–130. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1994.tb00652.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
Essentialist and postmodern feminisms are often regarded as incompatible. I propose that Buddhist theories of subjectivity change the nature of the tension between them as presently construed because Buddhist traditions describe a mind not wholly governed by language, and a subjective mental dimension that is entirely integrated with the body and its sensations. A corollary is the compatibility Buddhists perceive between conditioned subjective states (akin to postmodern feminisms) and the unconditioned (akin to essentialist feminisms).