Judith Butler

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Judith Butler (born 24 February 1956) is an American post-structuralist philosopher, who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics. She is the Maxine Elliott professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley. From the academic year 2011–2012 she will be a Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

Butler received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1984, for a dissertation subsequently published as Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France. In the late-1980s she held several teaching/research appointments, and was involved in "post-structuralist" efforts within Western feminist theory to question the "presuppositional terms" of feminism. Her research ranges from literary theory, modern philosophical fiction, feminist and sexuality studies, to 19th- and 20th-century European literature and philosophy, Kafka and loss, mourning and war.[1] Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy, exploring pre- and post-Zionist criticisms of state violence.[2][3]


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