Ethical Openness in the Work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Jana McAuliffe
2020 Feminist Philosophy Quarterly  
This paper explores the problem of racial privilege in US American feminist thought. Drawing on Gayatri Spivak's analysis of ethics, particularly her ideas of epistemic discontinuity and teleopoietic reading, I argue that a specific kind of ethical openness can help feminist social-political philosophy better negotiate the legacy of white privilege. Spivak's work calls for a reconsideration and reworking of the subject who theorizes. Her analysis of ethics suggests that racially privileged
more » ... lly privileged feminists must be able to confront their own complicity in order to engage in political critique less likely to recreate historical patterns of racial domination and exclusion.
doi:10.5206/fpq/2020.2.7574 fatcat:ug4xusyvqndgzo6p4suz5ba76u