Disciplinary Matters in the Hypatia Controversy

  • Namrata Mitra Iona College
Keywords: Hypatia controversy, Rebecca Tuvel, social justice


Le problème qui a surgi lors de la controverse concernant Hypatia est de nature systémique. Je soutiens que les objections à l’essai de Tuvel concernant son exclusion des perspectives issues des opinions marginalisées devraient être reformulées comme un enjeu à l’échelle de toute la discipline. Je montre de quelle manière l’applicabilité et la perspective universelles souvent admises dans les écrits canoniques en philosophie, en particulier sur l’histoire et l’identité personnelles, émergent de contextes et de points de vue précis. Je démontre ce qui est en jeu pour reconnaître la particularité de ces contextes. Je trouve qu’il existe une fausse dichotomie entre les recherches apparemment intéressées sur la « justice sociale » et les investigations désintéressées sur la vérité, dichotomie qui perpétue à mon avis les conditions propres à la discipline qui ont donné lieu à la controverse concernant Hypatia.

Author Biography

Namrata Mitra, Iona College

Namrata Mitra is an Assistant Professor of English at Iona College (United States). She earned a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy and Literature at Purdue University in 2012. Her research interests include feminist philosophy, queer theory, and postcolonial literature. Her research examines representations of sexual violence in South Asian literature, comparative postcolonial theories, and the place of shame in nationalist movements.


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