Sexual Experience: Foucault, Phenomenology, and Feminist Theory
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 207–223, Winter 2011
How to Cite
OKSALA, J. (2011), Sexual Experience: Foucault, Phenomenology, and Feminist Theory. Hypatia, 26: 207–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01153.x
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
This paper explicates Foucault's conception of experience and defends it as an important theoretical resource for feminist theory. It analyzes Linda Alcoff's devastating critique of Foucault's account of sexuality and her reasons for advocating phenomenology as a more viable alternative. I agree with her that a philosophically sophisticated understanding of experience must remain central for feminist theory, but I demonstrate that her critique of Foucault is based on a mistaken view of his philosophical position as well as on a problematic understanding of phenomenology.