Towards an Ethics of the Feminine



 “Women’s rights, gender parity and hundreds of millions of forced and abused women around the world”… Contrary to sociocultural and philosophical traditions – which reject women as the subject of ethics – the psychoanalytical practice and the theory of the unconscious reveals in the feminine, a psychosexuality that is essential to the vivacity of the psychic life: to its transformability. Thus, the feminine does not disappear under the genre, but induces and accompanies the major upheavals of identities, a fundamental issue in the malaise of civilisation.

We are delighted to welcome French philologist, linguist, semiotician, literary critic, novelist and training analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, Julia Kristeva, to further expand on some of the topics she presented at the London Congress, during our next webinar.  

Julia Kristeva – of Bulgarian origin – is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris Diderot, author of more than 30 books and a recipient of the Legion of Honour, Commander of the Order of Merit, Holberg International Memorial Prize, Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Vision 97 Foundation Prize.

She is a member of the British Academy (the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a founder of the Roland Barthes Institute of Humanities, sciences, societies and a founder of the French National Council of Disability.

In 2008, she created the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom, rewarding the work and the action of people that contribute to promoting the freedom of women. 

In 2011, she was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to the day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world. 

Between 1999 and 2002, she published the trilogy, The Feminine Genius: Life, Madness, Words, devoted to three women of the 20th century – Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein and Colette. She was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from Harvard University (1999), Bayreuth University (2000), New School University (2003), Queen Mary, London University (2011), Buenos Aires University (2011), Doctor Honoris Causa in philosophy from the Haïfa University (2014) and Doctor Honoris Causa of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2017).

She presented a keynote paper, "Prélude à une éthique du féminin" (Prelude to an Ethics of the Feminine) at the 51st IPA Congress in London.

A major publication by the Library of Living Philosophers is in print (Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Department of Philosophy). 

Julia Kristeva’s full CV is available here , and additional information about her work is available on her website:

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Please note, this webinar will be in English.